Lord of the Rings LCG Companion

Lord of the Rings LCG Companion

The Redhorn Gate

Dwarrowdelf Cycle

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Doomed X

If an encounter card with the doomed keyword is revealed during the staging step of the quest phase or in setup, each player must raise his threat level by the specified value.


When an encounter card with the surge keyword is revealed during the staging step of the quest phase or in setup, reveal 1 additional card from the encounter deck. Resolve the surge keyword immediately after resolving any when revealed effects on the card.



When setting up "The Redhorn Gate," remove all copies of Snowstorm from the encounter deck, and set them aside, out of play. These cards are placed away from the playing area and do not interact with the game until instructed by the cards of the scenario.

Ally Objective: Arwen Undmiel

In this scenario, the players must guard an "ally objective" card, Arwen Undmiel. This card has a constant effect that reads, "The first player gains control of Arwen Undmiel, as an ally." This means that the first player takes control of Arwen Undmiel, and can use her in the same manner he would use any ally he controls. Other copies of a card titled Arwen Undmiel cannot enter play by any means. At the end of each round, when the first player token passes to a new player, the new first player takes control of Arwen Undmiel.If Arwen Undmiel leaves play for any reason, the players have lost the game. Additionally, if the player who controls Arwen Undmiel is eliminated, the players have lost the game.


Caradhras has the text, "Players cannot travel to Caradhras except by quest card effects." This means that no card effect, other than one on a quest card, can make Caradhras the active location.

Snow Warg

Snow Warg

Should read: "Forced: After a character is declared as a defender against Snow Warg..."

Q: If Caradhras (DD 15) is in my victory display when I complete stage 2 of The Redhorn Gate, will it become the active location even though it is not in play?
A: Yes. You will remove Caradhras from your victory display and put it back into play as the active location. Cards in the victory display are not removed from the game and can still be referenced by effects. If players get too far ahead of themselves via card effects, they'll find a return journey is necessary!
Q: If I can't discard 3 resources from all of my heroes due to Bitter Wind (KD 56), do I have to partially fulfill the effect?
A: Yes, players should resolve as much of any "discard" effect as they are able to.
During step 2 of Setup, "Place Heroes and Set Initial Threat Levels", add one resource to each hero's resource pool. Then remove the following cards:
  • The Redhorn Gate
    • 2x Rocky Crags
    • 2x Freezing Cold
    • 1x Avalanche
    • 2x Mountain Troll
  • Misty Mountains
    • 1x Mountain Warg
    • 1x Turbulent Waters

To play normal mode, just follow the setup instructions on the quest card.

Basic game

When you play normal mode (or easy mode of course) and if you're new to the game, you can also play the "Basic Game" defined in the core set rules:

Newer players or players who want a more basic experience can play and enjoy the game by not dealing shadow cards during the combat phase. This eliminates an element of surprise that could make the game too challenging for a beginner. Once players are comfortable with this experience, they can then add the shadow effects to make combat less predictable and more exciting.

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