Poll Results: Favorite Epic Moments in The Lord of the Rings


The polls are closed and results are in. In this latest poll, we asked readers what their favorite epic moments from The Lord of the Rings books. The answers represent some of the most exciting and inspiring passages from Tolkien’s great work. By the slightest margin over the Battle of the Hornburg, the most popular epic moment was Boromir’s sacrifice to save the lives of Merry and Pippin at Parth Galen.

Then Boromir had come leaping through the trees. He had made them fight. He slew many of them and the rest fled. But they had not gone far on the way back when they were attacked again, by a hundred Orcs at least, some of them very large, and they shot a rain of arrows: always at Boromir. Boromir had blown his great horn till the woods rang, and at first the Orcs had been dismayed and had drawn back; but when no answer but the echoes came, they had attacked more fiercely than ever. Pippin did not remember much more. His last memory was of Boromir leaning against a tree, plucking out an arrow; then darkness fell suddenly.

Boromir (Core)Valiant SacrificeThis is likewise one of my favorite passages in the story. After briefly succumbing to the lure of the One Ring, Boromir shows his true character by bravely sacrificing himself for his companions.

The game does a great job of representing this noble act, not only with the Tactics version of Boromir, but cards like Horn of Gondor, Valiant Sacrifice and Grave Cairn, as well. In particular, Tactics Boromir is a strategic and thematic win.  Both of his abilities are not only powerful, but do an excellent job of representing his character in the story. I featured him prominently in a recent deck which highlights action advantage in the Tactics sphere.

Here are the results for readers’ favorite epic moments. We can hope as the game continues that we have a chance to represent more of this fantastic story.

Epic Moment Votes
Boromir’s Sacrifice 87
Battle of the Hornburg (Helm’s Deep) 86
Battle of Pelennor Fields 67
Last Match of the Ents 66
Éowyn and Merry Slay the Witch-King 60
Sam Fights Shelob 32
Flight to the Ford 27
Destruction of the Ring 22
Battle of Morannon (Black Gate) 21
Aragorn Leads the Army of the Dead 19
Frodo Stabbed on Weathertop 10
Gandalf and Pippin Save Faramir 9

Thanks again to everyone who participated, and please take a look at the latest poll as well. Happy travels, and may all of you find adventure and friendship in your journey through life!

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13 Responses to Poll Results: Favorite Epic Moments in The Lord of the Rings

  1. Tonskillitis says:

    Awesome artwork there! It’s enough to make me want to try a Boromir, Pippin & Merry deck just to relive this truly epic moment. I imagine that this would actually be a viable deck with the low threat of the hobbits and their decent willpower and using Boromir as a tank. I can’t wait to reach this juncture in the saga expansions and see how they recapture the Breaking of the Fellowship- maybe Boromir’s sacrifice will just be a single quest phase or perhaps the players will be split up Foundations of Stone style and have to go their separate ways…

  2. John Michel says:

    My favorite epic moment in LotR: The paragraph that describes Sauron’s reaction immediately after Frodo puts on the ring in Mt. Doom. So far, no adaptation has done that moment justice.

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  4. Jean Bont says:

    Hi there! Thanks for your great articles, they really helped me get into the game smoothly!

    I have a quick rules questions regarding player’s actions: is there any kind of “instant speed” as in Magic in this game?
    For example, if a character having just 1 life point left is injured during the quest phase when a “come into play” effect resolves, can I use an ability like Glorfindel’s to “prevent” the damage?

    • Jean Bont says:

      Sorry, another question while I’m on it 😉 :
      Can Boromir block and/or attack several opponents using his ability?
      Thanks again!

      • Beorn says:

        Yes, Boromir can block and attack multiple enemies, as long as you have less than 50 threat and can raise your threat to use his ability. There is a player action window before and after each enemy attack and before and after each character counter-attack. This is one of the reasons why he is such a powerful hero. You will want to be careful using his ability though, you don’t want to let your threat get too high.

    • Beorn says:

      The only two “speeds” in The Lord of the Rings LCG are “actions” and “responses”. Only a response is fast enough to save a character from dying. In your example above, if you had a character with 1 hit point remaining and a Warden of Healing in play, you would need to exhaust the Warden to heal that character before you commit them to the quest.

      Once you get to the staging step with a treachery like “Deal 1 damage to each character committed to the quest”, the only thing you can do to save that character is to use a response to either cancel the treachery (e.g. “A Test of Will”) or cancel the damage (e.g. “Gondorian Discipline”). An action like the one on Core Set Glorfindel is too slow (the character has already died). Also, actions are not allowed during the staging step, only responses. The rules provide a chart that explains when player actions can be triggered (starting on page 30):


      • Jean Bont says:

        Thanks so much for your clarifications. I’ve been playing slightly wrong then… guess I’ll have to repass through dol guldur…brrrr 😉

      • Jean Bont says:

        Sorry, another question: I get that there is no “instant speed” here, but I can “prevent” a lethal damage DURING THE COMBAT PHASE by using Glorfindel’s ability BEFORE damage resolution: am I right?

      • Beorn says:

        Assuming that the character in question already has damage on them, yes you can use Glorfindel’s ability to heal them after a Shadow Card is revealed and before damage is dealt. Alternatively, you could use his ability to heal a character before you even declare them as a defender, as this is less risky. One thing to note is that Shadow effects that deal damage (e.g. “Deal 1 damage to the defending character”) trigger immediately, which means there is no opportunity to use Glorfindel’s ability. On the other hand, a shadow card which boosts the enemy’s attack would still allow you to use Glorfindel’s ability.

        For example, an Orc with 2 attack is being blocked by an ally with 2 defense, 1 damage and 1 remaining hit point. If the shadow card gives the enemy +1 attack, there is an action window where you could use Glorfindel to heal the 1 damage from the ally before the damage from the attack is resolved. Just remember that this is not damage “prevention”, but healing. Currently, the only two effects in the game that prevent damage are Spirit Frodo and Gondorian Discipline. Healing only applies when a character has remaining hit points – it cannot save a character from dying when it takes lethal damage because healing effects are Actions and not Responses.

  5. Michael Healy says:

    Actually, my favorite epic moment from Tolkien’s writings is not in The Lord of the Rings at all, but in The Silmarillion: Hurin standing alone against the armies of Morgoth at the end of the Nirnaeth Arnoediad.

    • Beorn says:

      Yes, my favorite moments in Tolkien’s writing are the Eagles of Manwë fighting the winged Dragons in the War of Wrath, and Túrin slaying Glaurung. Children of Hurin is the best of all Tolkien’s stories, in my opinion. In any case, I chose not to include The Silmarillion or Children of Hurin because many players of the game are not familiar with those works. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this matter.

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