What Are They? (1C119)

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What Are They? (1C119) is a Culture Gondor.svg Gondor Event from the Fellowship of the Ring set.

Collection Info
Title What Are They?
Unique No
Collectible Yes
Set 1 - The Fellowship of the Ring
Rarity C - Common
Card Number 119
Language EN - English
Revision 0
Gameplay Info
Playable Yes
Culture Culture Gondor.svg Gondor
Side Free Peoples
Card Type Event
Twilight Cost 1
Game Text Maneuver: Spot a ranger to discard a roaming minion.
DE - German
Card Name Was sind sie?
Game Text Manöver: Entdecke einen Waldläufer, um einen wandernden Diener abzulegen.
Lore "Sie waren Menschen... früher einmal.“
ES - Spanish
Card Name ¿Que Son?
Game Text Maniobra: Avista un montaraz para descartar un siervo que este vagando.
Lore “Fueron Hombres... Una vez.”
FR - French
Card Name Que Sont-Ils ?
Game Text Manœuvre : Désignez un rôdeur pour défausser un séide errant.
Lore “‘Ils étaient des hommes ... autrefois.'”
IT - Italian
Card Name Che Cosa Sono?
Game Text Manovra: Avvista un Ramingo per scartare un servitore vagante.
Lore “‘Erano uomini... una volta.'”
PL - Polish
PT - Portuguese
ZH - Chinese

Technical Info
Wiki Base Card ID LOTR-EN01S119.0
GEMP ID 1_119
LOTRO Hex ID 47 2B F4
LOTRO Image ID 01_119


While What Are They? has a powerful effect, it is rarely seen in Fellowship Block because it is only relevant for the first half of the game, and this is not really when it is needed. Most minions have stopped roaming by site 4, and the minions this card would be most effective against (Nazgul, The Balrog etc.) all stop roaming too early for it to be effective. As such, this card works best against the [sauron] culture, which is itself not used all that regularly.

Despite being an unpopular card in Fellowship Block, this card became much more prominent in the later sets. With Return of the king came Second Level, a card that made it possible to make minions roaming during the maneuver phase, so that you could subsequently discard them with this card. Additionally, Shelob was released, a minion who roams for almost the entire game, so this card is extremely effective against her. With the release of Madril, DoO in set 15, this card went from being useful under certain conditions (And a dead card the rest of the time) to being perpetually useful, and consequently a force to be reckoned with.

Strengths and Weaknesses[edit]

Strong Versus...[edit]

  • Any version of Shelob
  • [Sauron] Orcs

Weak Versus...[edit]

  • [Wraith] Wraiths; Goblin Man; Bill Ferny, SSF and Ulaire Nelya (Since they stop roaming at site 2)
  • Nazgul (Stop roaming very quickly)
  • Deceived Wizards (Cannot roam)
  • Hollin (Prevents roaming)
  • Bill Ferny, SSF (Prevents roaming)
  • Grishnakh, Orc Captain; Orc Patrol etc. (Greatly reduce site number, which stops minions roaming)