The Balrog, Durin's Bane (2C51)

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The Balrog, Durin's Bane (2C51) is a Moria Minion from the Mines of Moria set.

Collection Info
Title The Balrog
Subtitle Durin's Bane
Unique Yes
Collectible Yes
Set 2 - Mines of Moria
Rarity C - Common
Card Number 51
Language EN - English
Revision 0
Gameplay Info
Playable Yes
Culture Moria
Side Shadow
Card Type Minion
Race Balrog
Twilight Cost 12
Strength 17
Vitality 5
Site Number 4
Game Text Damage +1. Fierce.

While you can spot The Balrog, discard all other minions. Skip the archery phase. Discard The Balrog if not underground.

Lore “‘Indeed I saw upon the bridge that which haunts our darkest dreams....'”
DE - German
Card Name Der Balrog, Durins Fluch
Game Text Schaden +1. Erbittert.

Solange du den Balrog entdecken kannst, lege alle anderen Diener ab. Überspringe die Fernkampfphase. Lege den Balrog ab, wenn er sich nicht an einem unterirdischen Ort befindet.

Lore "Wahrlich, ich sah auf der Brücke, was uns in unseren schwärzesten Träumen verfolgt...“
ES - Spanish
Card Name El Balrog, El Daño de Durin
Game Text Daño +1. Fiero. Mientras puedas avistar El Balrog, descarta todos los otros siervos. Sáltate la fase de arquería. Descarta El Balrog si no está en un sitio Subterráneo.
Lore “En verdad vi sobre el puente aquello que acecha en nuestros sueños más oscuros...”
FR - French
Card Name Le Balrog, Le Fléau de Durin
Game Text Dégâts +1. Acharné.

Lorsque vous pouvez désigner Le Balrog, défaussez tous les autres séides. Ignorer la phase d’archerie. Défaussez Le Balrog si vous n’êtes pas à un site souterrain.

Lore « “En vérité, j'ai vu sur le pont ce qui hante nos pires cauchemars...” »
IT - Italian
Card Name Il Balrog, Flagello di Durin
Game Text Danno +1. Feroce.

Mentre avvisti Il Balrog, scarta tutti gli altri servitori. Salta la fase degli Arcieri. Scarta Il Balrog se non è in un sito Sotterraneo.

Lore “‘Vidi davvero su quel ponte ciò che ossessiona i nostri sogni più oscuri...'”
PL - Polish

Technical Info
Wiki Base Card ID LOTR-EN02S051.0
GEMP ID 2_51
LOTRO Hex ID 63 4B E8 01
LOTRO Image ID 02_051


This was the first incarnation of the Balrog brought out as a promo to preview the Mines of Moria, and it was included in the set as a common. This Balrog is designed as what people call a "splash minion" aka a minion that can go in any deck. Given the fact that in the days of Fellowship block everybody had to pass The Bridge of Khazad Dum he was included a lot, especially during the beginning. Eventually people started teching versus the balrog by playing more stealths, armor, and other cancelling effects, which resulted in the general opinion that the Balrog was doing too little, and his appearance dwindled near the end. And when the Bridge was rotated out he practically became useless.

If you do want to use the Balrog, consider using some support cards such as The Balrog's Sword and Whip of Many Thongs, as they can make a big difference to his effectiveness. It's possible to use this Balrog in The Two Towers at Caves of Aglarond, Cavern Entrance or Caverns of Isengard, although it might be more prudent to use Terror of Flame and Shadow, who does not have to be played at an underground site.

Strengths and Weaknesses[edit]

Strong Versus...[edit]

Archery decks. He skips the archery phase.

Weak Versus...[edit]

Site paths that dont go underground, cancellers.

Alternate Personas[edit]

Portrait Name Game Text
The Balrog, Flame of Udun (2R52) Damage +1. Fierce. To play, spot a Orc.

Discard The Balrog if not underground.

Shadow: Exert The Balrog and remove to play a Orc from your discard pile.

The Balrog, Terror of Flame and Shadow (6R76) Damage +2. The twilight cost of The Balrog is –3 if you can spot a minion. The Balrog cannot be assigned to skirmish companions or allies of strength less than 6.
The Balrog, The Terror of Khazad-dum (12R79) Damage +1.

While The Balrog is at an underground site, it is fierce and cannot take wounds or be exerted.

The Balrog, Demon of Might (19P18) Damage +2. Fierce.

While at an underground site, skip the archery phase, the maneuver phase, and The Balrog cannot be assigned to skirmish companions of strength 6 or less. ​

See Also[edit]


Not really a deck specific minion, it could be found in all kind of decks.