Weta Book Cards
The majority of cards within the LOTR-TCG use imagery directly crafted for Peter Jackson's film trilogy, even if that imagery never made it into the films themselves. However, Decipher also took the opportunity to partner with Weta Workshop to imagine how certain characters from Tolkien's work who were cut from the film script would have looked like had they been included. These semi-original creations were dubbed the Book Cards.
"Book Cards" as a label was originally used for 4 cards included with The Countdown Collection and 5 cards used in The Weta Collection. The term fell out of use when the marketing for those collections ran its course, but more characters were made than what was originally announced, and their release was sprinkled throughout later sets.
Many of the characters depicted in the Book Cards had gone through various stages of conceptual design at Weta for the films during pre-production; in some cases such as for Radagast the Brown the character had gone so far as to have an actor cast before ultimately getting cut. Daniel Falconer, senior designer at Weta, gathered up these concepts and spearheaded the creation of more ideas for characters which were cut far earlier in the process, such as the infamous Tom Bombadil.
Weta designers then worked on reusing or reconfiguring existing props and costumes from the films to match the new concepts. For example: Elladan/Elrohir's hair reused Arwen's wig, Tom Bombadil's hat was a reworked Hobbit hat (and his coat was an old rejected Gandalf costume), and Erkenbrand's armor was Theodred's. Weta designers were then cast for each character (including John Harding, the original casting for Radagast), and went through the same makeup and prosthetic processes used in the films.
Decipher documented the process of the 3-week shoot in a series of articles on their website. The Internet Archive in this case was inconsistent in its archival, so most of those articles have been recreated here on the wiki:
Sharp-eyed fans will be able to recognize characters that don't show up at all in the films, but for the rest of us there is a more plain indicator used: Book Cards designed by Weta are marked in the lower right-hand corner of the game text box with a Weta cricket, the logo for Weta Workshop:
There were additional card images photographed while Decipher was in New Zealand capturing the Book Cards, but for the most part Decipher declined to mark those cards with the Weta symbol. These include the images used for Ithil Stone (9R+47) and Seeing Stone of Minas Anor (9R37) , as the props used were all utilized in the films themselves; the only new thing being done was the modeling and posing.
List of Book Cards
|Portrait||Card Name||Culture||Card Type||Game Text|
|Glorfindel, Revealed in Wrath (0P50)||Elven||Companion • Elf||When Glorfindel is in your starting fellowship, his twilight cost is –2.
Skirmish: Reveal the top card of your draw deck. You may exert Glorfindel to make a Nazgûl he is skirmishing strength –X, where X is the twilight cost of the card revealed.
|Radagast, The Brown (0P51)||Gandalf||Companion • Wizard||The move limit is +1.
Each time the fellowship moves during the regroup phase, each opponent may discard 2 cards from hand to draw 2 cards.
|Goldberry, River-daughter (0P52)||Shire||Ally • Home 2||Each time the fellowship moves to a river, heal Goldberry and Tom Bombadil.
Skirmish: If the fellowship is at a river, exert Goldberry to make a companion strength +1.
|Tom Bombadil, The Master (0P53)||Shire||Ally • Home 2||To play, remove 2 burdens or 2 threats.|
|Ghan-bûri-Ghan, Chieftain of the Woses (0P56)||Gandalf||Companion • Man||While you can spot 2 other Men, Ghan-bûri-Ghan cannot be overwhelmed unless his strength is tripled. While at a forest site, Ghan-bûri-Ghan is defender +1.|
|Radagast's Staff (0P57)||Gandalf||Artifact • Staff||Bearer must be Radagast.
Each time the fellowship moves during the regroup phase, you may draw 2 cards.
|Anárion, Lord of Anorien (0P58)||Gondor||Companion • Man||Skirmish: Play a skirmish event to make each minion skirmishing Anárion strength -X, where X is Anárion's vitality.|
|Erkenbrand, Master of Westfold (0P59)||Rohan||Companion • Man||If you can spot a Man, you may play Erkenbrand any time you could play a skirmish event.
When you play Erkenbrand, you may discard a Shadow possession.
|Tom Bombadil's Hat (0P60)||Shire||Possession • Support Area||To play, spot 2 companions.|
|Dain Ironfoot, King Under the Mountain (14R1)||Dwarven||Companion • Dwarf||Each of your other Dwarves and Men is twilight cost –1.|
|Elladan, Son of Elrond (14R2)||Elven||Companion • Elf||Elrohir is twilight cost –2.|
|Elrohir, Son of Elrond (14R3)||Elven||Companion • Elf||Elladan is twilight cost –2.|
|Gildor Inglorion, of the House of Finrod (14R4)||Elven||Companion • Elf||At the start of each archery phase, if you can spot more minions than companions, each of your companions is an archer.|
|Brand, King of Dale (14R5)||Gandalf||Companion • Man||Each of your Dwarves and other Men is strength +1.
While you can spot more minions than companions, the fellowship archery total is +X, where X is the number of minions minus the number of companions.
|Grimbeorn, Beorning Chieftain (14R6)||Gandalf||Companion • Man||At the start of each turn, heal Grimbeorn.
At the start of the maneuver phase, you may exert Grimbeorn twice and discard a minion from hand to make Grimbeorn strength +X until the regroup phase, where X is that minion’s strength.
|Halbarad, Ranger of the North (14R9)||Gondor||Companion • Man||Ranger.
While the Ring-bearer has resistance 9 or more, Halbarad’s twilight cost is –1.
|Half-troll of Far Harad (14R12)||Orc||Minion • Half-troll||At the start of each assignment phase, if you can spot more companions than minions, you may remove to play an Orc from your discard pile.|
|Horror of Harad (14R13)||Orc||Minion • Half-troll||Ambush . Damage +1. Fierce. Lurker. Muster. Toil 2.|
|Barrow-wight Stalker (16R1)||Ringwraith||Minion • Wraith||Enduring.|
|Spirit of Dread (16R5)||Ringwraith||Minion • Wraith||Enduring.|
|Undead of Angmar (16R6)||Ringwraith||Minion • Wraith||Enduring.|
|Beorning Axe (18R18)||Gandalf||Possession • Hand Weapon||Bearer must be a Man.|
|Last Stand (18U21)||Gandalf||Condition • Support Area||Fellowship: Exert a Man to add 2 tokens here.|
|Radagast's Herb Bag (18R26)||Gandalf||Possession||Bearer must be a Wizard.|
|Watcher at Sarn Ford, Ranger of the North (18R59)||Gondor||Companion • Man||Ranger.|
|Erkenbrand's Horn (18R96)||Rohan||Possession||Bearer must be a Man.
Fellowship: Exert bearer to play a follower from your draw deck. Reshuffle your draw deck.
Skirmish: Discard a follower from play to make bearer strength +4 (if bearer is Erkenbrand, he is strength +5 instead).
|Erkenbrand's Shield (18R97)||Rohan||Possession • Shield||Bearer must be a Man.
The minion archery total is -1.
|Fredegar Bolger, Fatty (18R107)||Shire||Companion • Hobbit||While the fellowship in is region 1 and you can spot 2 other companions, Fredegar Bolger is strength +3.|
|Make a Run For It (18C109)||Shire||Event • Skirmish||Remove 2 tokens to cancel a skirmish involving an unbound Hobbit.|
|Pit Troll (19P22)||Orc||Minion • Troll||Hunter 2. (While skirmishing a non-hunter character, this character is strength +2.)
When you play this minion, add 2 threats. The Free Peoples player may exert the Ring-bearer to prevent this.
|Troll of the Deep, Cave Troll (19P23)||Orc||Minion • Troll||To play, spot an Orc.|
|Sauron’s Might (19P27)||Sauron||Event • Shadow||Remove a Free Peoples culture token to add a threat.|
List of Unmarked Prop Cards
|Portrait||Card Name||Culture||Card Type||Game Text|
|Ring of Guile (9R8)||Dwarven||Artifact • Ring||Bearer must be a Dwarf.
Bearer is damage +1.
|Ring of Retribution (9R9)||Dwarven||Artifact • Ring||Bearer must be a Dwarf.
Response: If bearer wins a skirmish, discard this artifact to exert each Orc.
|Sapling of the White Tree (9R35)||Gondor||Artifact • Support Area||To play, spot an unbound Man.|
|Seeing Stone of Minas Anor (9R37)||Gondor||Artifact • Support Area||To play, spot a Man with 3 or more vitality (or spot a Man and add 2 threats).|
|Horn of the Mark (9R45)||Rohan||Possession||Bearer must be Merry or Pippin. <br>Bearer gains the Théoden signet. <br>Response: If bearer wins a skirmish, exert him to discard each minion involved in that skirmish.|
|The Red Arrow (9R46)||Rohan||Artifact • Support Area||Assignment: Exert a Man to play a Man. You may exert that Man to play a possession on him or her. Discard this artifact.|
|Ithil Stone (9R+47)||Sauron||Artifact • Support Area||To play, exert a or minion.
At the start of each of your Shadow phases, you may draw a card.
|Sceptre of the Dark Lord (13R141)||Sauron||Artifact • Hand Weapon||Bearer must be Sauron.
He is damage +1.
Each time Sauron wins a skirmish and the companion he is skirmishing is not killed, you may assign X wounds to other companions, where X is the current region number.
|Heavy Axe (15U7)||Dwarven||Possession • Hand Weapon||Bearer must be a Dwarf.|
|Gríma's Dagger (17R44)||Men||Possession • Hand Weapon||Bearer must be a Man.
If bearer is Gríma, he is strength +1 for each Free Peoples culture you can spot over 2.
Response: If a skirmish event is played, discard this possession to cancel that event.
|Arwen's Bow (18R4)||Elven||Possession • Ranged Weapon||Bearer must be an companion.|
|Arwen's Dagger (18R5)||Elven||Possession • Hand Weapon||Bearer must be an companion. Bearer may bear this hand weapon in addition to 1 other hand weapon.
Maneuver: If bearer is Arwen, exert her to draw 2 cards.
|Denethor's Sword (18R43)||Gondor||Possession • Hand Weapon||Bearer must be a Man.
While bearer is Denethor, his game text does not apply.
|Corsair Boarding Axe (18U60)||Men||Possession • Hand Weapon||Bearer must be a minion.|
|Corsair Bow (18U61)||Men||Possession • Ranged Weapon||Bearer must be a minion.
Bearer is an archer.
Each time a companion is killed during the archery phase, you may control a site.
|Corsair Grappling Hook (18U62)||Men||Possession • Hand Weapon||Bearer must be a minion.
Each time a companion is killed during a skirmish phase, you may control a site.
|Corsair Halberd (18U63)||Men||Possession • Hand Weapon||Bearer must be a minion.
Bearer is damage +1.
Shadow: Remove a companion in the dead pile from the game to control a site.
|Corsair Scimitar (18U64)||Men||Possession • Hand Weapon||Bearer must be a minion.|
|Henchman's Dagger (18R69)||Men||Possession • Hand Weapon||Bearer must be a minion.
Bearer may bear this hand weapon in addition to 1 other hand weapon.
|Orkish Ax (18C84)||Orc||Possession • Hand Weapon||Bearer must be an Orc.
Each time bearer wins a skirmish, you may add a threat.
|Golden Perch Ale (18U108)||Shire||Possession • Support Area||Each time a companion wins a skirmish, you may add a token here.|