Siege of Gondor

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Siege of Gondor
NameSiege of Gondor
Release Date2004-03-10
Is Officialyes
PlatformsPaper LotR-O GEMP mLOTRO Tabletop Simulator Lackey gccg

Siege of Gondor (or SoG) is the first expansion set in King Block and the eighth expansion overall. It was released on March 10, 2004. The set contained 122 cards (40 commons, 40 uncommons, 40 rares, and 2 premium cards that only appeared in starter decks), all of which could appear in foil versions. Six rares from the set had Tengwar versions produced.

Themes and Mechanics[edit]

Following the pattern set by the first expansion of each of the previous two blocks, Siege of Gondor contained themes that centred around significant visual effects from the Return of the King: the Gondor Wraith subculture, and the giant spider Shelob, which appeared as the second minion in the Gollum culture.


Siege of Gondor continued the same cultures as Return of the King, with a focus on Gollum, Gondor, Raider, Ringwraith and Sauron.

New Loaded Keyword[edit]

A character with Enduring get strength +2 for each wound on that character. Many cards with Enduring were given abilities which required healing the character as a cost, which led to a number of potential loops that needed to be corrected with errata or x-listing cards.

New Unloaded Keywords[edit]

Siege of Gondor introduced three new unloaded keywords

While not a new keyword, Wraith appeared for the first time on Free Peoples cards as a subculture of Gondor, after previously appearing on three Sauron cards in Ents of Fangorn.

Starter Decks[edit]

The premium cards for the Siege of Gondor starter decks were Merry, Noble Warrior (8P121) and Pippin, Guard of Minas Tirith (8P122) . These two cards are notable as the first hobbits to appear as the face cards of a starter deck and the only hobbits ever printed with a base strength of 5 or more; the only other hobbit with a base strength greater than 3 is Tolman Cotton, who wouldn't be printed until set 12.


Free Peoples Cycles
Cycle Name Dwarven Elven Gandalf Gondor Rohan Shire
Allied culture token conditions Wish For Our Kinfolk (8U8) Shake Off the Shadow (8U13) Not the First Halfling (8U18) A Path Appointed (8U42) Doom Drove Them (8U86) Song of the Shire (8U112)
Conditions that with a cost of "Exert a [Culture 1] companion and either a [Culture 2] or a [Culture 3] companion to add a [Culture 1] token here."

Reprinted Cards[edit]

Siege of Gondor did not contain any reprinted cards.

Notable Cards[edit]

Official Decipher Sets Promotional Promotional
Fellowship Block The Fellowship of the RingMines of MoriaRealms of the Elf-lords
Towers Block The Two TowersBattle of Helm's DeepEnts of Fangorn
King Block The Return of the KingSiege of GondorMount Doom
War of the Ring Block ShadowsBlack RiderBloodlines
Hunters Block The HuntersRise of SarumanTreachery & Deceit
Non-Block Sets ReflectionsExpanded Middle-earthThe Wraith CollectionAge's End
Unreleased Sets The Great EyeShelob's Lair
Unofficial Fan Sets Player's Council PC Kitchen Sink (V0)Shadow of the Past (V1)
The Hobbit Draft Game Main DeckShadow PacksSupplementary Packs
mLOTRO MLOTRO Promo CardsMLOTRO Reflections II
The Journey Continues The Journey Begins