A solid little card. The Erebor Hammersmith has strong stats for the cost, and this is close. The ability can potentially be life-saving, but until you need it this hangs out and does a little of everything useful. The Dunedain trait in an ally adds very little (access to Tale of Tinúviel, Athelas and Descendants of Kings) but the majority of the good Deundain stuff only applies to heroes. Still, as low cost allies go, there's nothing to complain about with this guy.

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By itself not worth playing, but much stronger in any deck that's going to consistently get out even a second song. With hobbits, there's less possibilities than you might thing. The best are Song of Eärendil and Song of Hope. There's also the four sphere songs, The Fall of Gil-Galad and conceivably O Lórien!. You're going to want at least six copies in the deck to be confident of getting a second. At nine copies, this gets powerful. That's a lot to dedicate (almost a quarter) to even a strong questing boost, especially since the others provide only marginal benefit. The nerfed Love of Tales (if playing with Bilbo Baggins or Pippin helps too, but not much. Overall, I think Songs is still a casual deck - although this gets it significantly closer to viable.

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Fine stats on an ally, only if you have completed a side quest. Not so amazing as to be worth playing side quests for, but if you already have a plan to get one done early, worth looking to this card. Also a solid card for a Rohan deck, although again not amazing. 3 cost on an ally is significant, and most should pack more punch than this. That said, if it fits the deck it's a solid filler.

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My evaluation is that Player Side Quests are generally not worth the effort. The problem is they cost you at least a whole turn of questing, with the encounter cards that entails, which is a high cost. The effect here is definitely welcome, especially in a game with more players and/or a quest with many enemies. You do want a way to grab it, since it's much stronger early and you don't want to play 3 copies since number 2&3 are dead cards. So Dúnedain Message, Thurindir or The Road Goes Ever On are close to essential. All that effort, you'll probably get more use from Captain of Gondor or Dúnedain Warning.

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A nice little card, which is close to an auto-include if you have the right hero. Heroes which work with this are Aragorn, Boromir, Damrod, Hirgon, Mablung, Prince Imrahil, Prince Imrahil. Any other Gondor heroes you're unlikely to want to consistently quest with. However, if you do have the right hero, +1 Will for 1 resource is solid, and the Valour response is almost always going to be strong. When it fits, it fits real nice!

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