Shadows of Mirkwood

This is the very first cycle of the game. You have to own a Core Set to play the first 3 quests, and the Core Set+Adventure Packs to play the other 6 expansions. The cycle has 4 encounter sets that are used in multiple scenarios: Spiders of Mirkwood, Dol Guldur Orcs, Sauron’s Reach, and Wilderlands.

During this cycle, you are looking for the creature Gollum that is lurking somewhere in Rhovanion. During your search, you encounter many characters that will need your help. When you eventually track Gollum down, you have to capture him and escort him to the Halls of Thranduil.

Status: COMPLETED (Normal): Will take Nightmare reviews if anyone wants to do any. Nightmare reviews are expected to be completed by the end of this year (2020).

Downloadable PDF of this cycle

Global information

Keywords introduced

  • Surge
  • Doomed X
  • Victory X
  • Guarded


  • Escape Test

Player card synergy

  • Eagles
  • Spirit Rohan
  • Song cards
  • Hobbit