Under the Watching Eye (1C281)

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Under the Watching Eye (1C281) is a Sauron Condition from the Fellowship of the Ring set.

Collection Info
Title Under the Watching Eye
Unique No
Collectible Yes
Set 1 - The Fellowship of the Ring
Rarity C - Common
Card Number 281
Language EN - English
Revision 0
Gameplay Info
Playable Yes
Culture Sauron
Side Shadow
Card Type Condition
Twilight Cost 0
Game Text Search. To play, exert a tracker. Plays to your support area.

Each time the fellowship moves, the Free Peoples player must exert a companion.

Lore What the Lidless Eye of Sauron does not see, his countless minions observe and report.
DE - German
Card Name Unter wachsamenen Blicken
Game Text Suche. Strenge einen Spurenleser an, um diese Karte in deinen Unterstützungsbereich zu spielen. Jedesmal, wenn sich die Gemeinschaft bewegt, muss der Freie Völker Spieler einen Gefährten anstrengen.
Lore Was den Blicken des Lidlosen Auges entgeht, wird von seinen zahllosen Dienern beobachtet und berichtet.
ES - Spanish
Card Name Bajo El Ojo Vigilante
Game Text Búsqueda. Para jugarla, esfuerza un rastreador . Cada vez que la comunidad se mueve, el jugador de Gentes Libres debe esforzar un compañero.
Lore Lo que el Ojo sin Párpado de Sauron no ve, lo observan e informan de ello sus incontables siervos.
FR - French
Card Name Sous le Regard Vigilant
Game Text Recherche. Pour jouer, affaiblissez un traqueur . Chaque fois que la compagnie se déplace, le joueur des Peuples Libres doit affaiblir un compagnon.
Lore Ce que l'*il sans Paupière de Sauron ne voit pas, ses séides innombrables l'observent et le rapportent.
IT - Italian
Card Name Sotto lo Sguardo dell'Occhio
Game Text Ricerca. Per giocarla, sforza un inseguitore . Ogni volta che la Compagnia si muove, il giocatore dei Popoli Liberi deve sforzare un compagno.
Lore Quello che l'Occhio Senza Palpebre di Sauron non vede, i suoi innumerevoli servi osservano e riferiscono.
PL - Polish
PT - Portuguese
ZH - Chinese

Technical Info
Wiki Base Card ID LOTR-EN01S281.0
GEMP ID 1_281
LOTRO Hex ID 49 35 F4
LOTRO Image ID 01_281


A staple card in [sauron] wounding decks, Under the Watching Eye is often combined with Orc Bowmen and Hate to kill enemy Fellowships. Since the effect of the card stacks with each copy out, it can start to cause a lot of damage to the Fellowship whenever they move, and, unlike Orc Bowmen, its effect is not weakened by cards such as Hosts of the Last Alliance, Intimidate or Mithril Coat. This card also synergises with You Bring Great Evil (Prevents healing) and I'd Make you Squeak (Benefits from the wounds if they are placed on Frodo).

This card does however, have several weaknesses, namely its requirement of a [sauron] tracker, which limits the minions the Shadow player can use in a deck relying on this card, and the fact that it costs an exertion (Like many other [sauron] cards). In Fellowship Block, this card is especially vulnerable to condition discard, as there is no way to recover it after being discarded and it is primarily effective only in numbers (The release of the Dead Marshes in set 5 solved this issue). Under the Watching Eye grows weaker the later in the game it is played, and its own text is completely useless at site 9, although it can still be used as fuel for the abilities of minions such as Orc Guard, Orc Butcher and Orc Warrior.

Strengths and Weaknesses[edit]

Strong Versus...[edit]

  • Strength-based Fellowships
  • Wounding Fellowships
  • Low vitality Fellowships (Dwarves, Elves)

Weak Versus...[edit]

  • Condition discard (Sleep Caradhras; Deep in Thought; Secret Sentinels; Bilbo Baggins, Well-spoken Gentlehobbit)
  • Mass Healing (Till Durin Wakes Again, The Shire Countryside, Citadel of Minas Tirith, Mithlond)

See Also[edit]

  • Despite its potency and popularity, Under the Watching Eye also has the advantage of being Common, making it a relatively easy card to get 4 copies of.