Swordsman of the Northern Kingdom (1C117)

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Swordsman of the Northern Kingdom (1C117) is a Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Event from the Fellowship of the Ring set.

Collection Info
Title Swordsman of the Northern Kingdom
Unique No
Collectible Yes
Set 1 - The Fellowship of the Ring
Rarity C - Common
Card Number 117
Language EN - English
Revision 0
Gameplay Info
Playable Yes
Culture Culture Gondor.svg Gondor
Side Free Peoples
Card Type Event
Twilight Cost 0
Game Text Skirmish: Make a ranger strength +2 (or +4 when skirmishing a roaming minion).
Lore “‘This is no mere Ranger. He is Aragorn, son of Arathorn... and you owe him your allegiance.'”
DE - German
Card Name Schwertkämpfer des nördlichen Königreiches
Game Text Kampf Gib einem Waldläufer Stärke +2 (oder Stärke +4, wenn er gegen einen wandernden Diener kämpft).
Lore "Er ist nicht nur ein Waldläufer. Es ist Aragorn, Arathorns Sohn... und ihm gilt euer Treueschwur.“
ES - Spanish
Card Name Espadachín del Reino del Norte
Game Text Escaramuza: Da a un montaraz Fuerza +2 (o +4 en una escaramuza contra un siervo que este vagando).
Lore “Este no es un simple Montaraz. Él es Aragorn, hijo de Arathorn... y le debes lealtad.”
FR - French
Card Name Fine Lame du Royaume du Nord
Game Text Combat : Donnez à un rôdeur +2 en force (ou +4 quand il combat un séide errant).
Lore “‘Ce n'est pas un Rôdeur ordinaire. Il est Aragorn, fils d'Arathorn ... et vous lui devez allégeance.'”
IT - Italian
Card Name Spadaccino del Regno del Nord
Game Text Schermaglia: Aggiungi +2 alla forza di un Ramingo (o +4 quando sta schermagliando con un servitore vagante).
Lore “‘Questo è non più un Ramingo. Egli è Aragorn, figlio di Arathorn ... e tu gli devi la tua alleanza.'”
PL - Polish
PT - Portuguese
ZH - Chinese

Technical Info
Wiki Base Card ID LOTR-EN01S117.0
GEMP ID 1_117
LOTRO Hex ID 45 2B F4
LOTRO Image ID 01_117


The Gondorian culture has some of the strongest, most versatile skirmish event cards in the Lord of the Rings TCG. Of these, one of my all-time favorites is Swordsman of the Northern Kingdom. Although the card is quite simple in its abilities, this does not, in any way, detract from its utility.

To begin, the twilight cost of this card is zero. Although not as much of a concern in Fellowship block play, increasing the twilight pool during skirmishes can be very dangerous for the free peoples player now that Towers is legal. Added pool makes double moving more risky and, in addition, there are now many minions that can use this newfound pool to devastating ends. For example, Mauhur can remove 2 from the pool to prevent a wound to an Isengard tracker and Shadow players with Raiders in their decks can turn added pool into an additional wound for one of your companions via a 3 twilight Whirling Strike. Thus, the ability to boost your Gondorian companion without altering the state of the twilight pool is key.

Although common to many skirmish event cards, the fact that Swordsman has two different strength boosting abilities makes this card particularly useful. The standard +2 strength is very nice and can be used in any situation. Yet, this bonus becomes +4 when the companion is skirmishing a roaming minion. This is important for several reasons. First, Nazgul tend to hit very hard at the early sites and being able to make your companion strength +4 may help keep your fellowship alive until more support cards can be drawn. Secondly, Isengard trackers are particularly powerful with the introduction of the Towers block. Many of them get bigger if they are in a Fierce skirmish or if they are skirmishing a companion with a search card. Again, this can be particularly damaging early in the game, but using the Swordsman before site 5 will give a big boost to your chosen companion.

Thus far I’ve neglected to mention that Swordsman can only be played on a Ranger, but since the majority of Gondorian companions are Rangers, that’s not really an issue. I should point out, though, that several versions of Arwen also possess the Ranger keyword. Thus, man/elf decks (Aragorn/Arwen decks) are especially enhanced by the ability of both cultures (Gondor and Elven) to make use of this card.

Finally, I should note that Faramir and his ring-bound rangers are particularly suited to making minions roaming - even at sites where they shouldn’t be. This is accomplished through a variety of support cards and through the game text of the Gondorian Ranger companions. In such a situation, where minions can conceivably be roaming until site 9, your Swordsman of the Northern Kingdoms will give a solid +4 strength every time! Who could ask for anything more! >by Hayden-William Courtland

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