Glorfindel at Cirith Thoronath

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Glorfindel

Lore

Glorfindel was a lord of Gondolin and one of the mightiest elves of the First Age. To the people of Gondolin he was a beacon of unwavering strength and courage.

During the Fall of Gondolin F.A. 510 Glorfindel stood as a last defense between the elves and Morgoth's minions and led the survivors out of the ruined city. They made their way across the surrounding valley until they reached the narrow mountain pass of Cirith Thoronath, the Eagles' Cleft. There, they were ambushed by a band of orcs led by a Balrog. Though the great eagles came to their aid, Glorfindel faced the Balrog alone.

Already the half had passed the perilous way and the falls of Thorn Sir, when that Balrog that was with the rearward foe leapt with great might on certain lofty rocks that stood into the path on the left side upon the lip of the chasm, and thence with a leap of fury he was past Glorfindel's men and among the women and the sick in front, lashing his whip of flame. Then Glorfindel leapt forward upon him and his golden armour gleamed strangely in the moon, and he hewed at that demon that it leapt again upon a great boulder and Glorfindel after. Now there was a deadly combat upon that high rock above the folk; and these, pressed behind and hindered ahead, were grown so close that well nigh all could see, yet was it over ere Glorfindel's men could leap to his side. The ardour of Glorfindel drave that Balrog from point to point, and his mail fended him from its whip and claw. Now had he beaten a heavy swinge upon its iron helm, now hewn off the creature's whip-arm at the elbow. Then sprang the Balrog in the torment of his pain and fear full at Glorfindel, who stabbed like a dart of a snake; but he found only a shoulder, and was grappled, and they swayed to a fall upon the crag-top. Then Glorfindel's left hand sought a dirk, and this he thrust up that it pierced the Balrog's belly nigh his own face (for that demon was double his stature); and it shrieked, and fell backwards from the rock, and falling clutched Glorfindel's yellow locks beneath his cap, and those twain fell into the abyss.
The Book of Lost Tales - Vol. II - The Fall of Gondolin

This deck attempts to recreate the battle of Glorfindel and the Balrog during the ambush at Cirith Thoronath.

I tried to strike a balance between theme and playability. The deck contains many thematic allies, attachments and events that fit the tale such as the Timely Aid of the Eagles that came down to aid the Exiles, Legolas of Gondolin who aided in their escort through the Pass of Cirith Thoronath and the Strength and Courage of Glorfindel. But also a few less thematic cards like The One Ring, Strider, War Axe and Unexpected Courage to keep the deck playable.


Gameplan

The deck runs Glorfindel with the The Grey Wanderer contract as well as a very small The One Ring package to set up with Strength and Courage. The allies are there to support with questing and to chump if needed. Legolas and Foe-hammer providee excellent card draw in more combat oriented scenarios. A Lesson in Caution and Hidden Roosts can also help out with card draw but their main purpose is to play in secrecy for as long as possible and to really exploit the contract.

While the deck can function for solo play, it fares a lot better in multiplayer games. When playing solo it often struggles with questing and like with most The Grey Wanderer decks, don't attempt scenarios where heroes can get captured. (Escape from Dol Guldur, Conflict at the Carrock etc.)


Setup & Opening Hand

You should try to mulligan for at least one copy of Resourceful as this deck does burn through resources quickly.

Attach The One Ring to Glorfindel and add either Strength and Courage (or Inner Strength) from your deck to your hand.

Next, search your deck for Strider and attach it to Glorfindel to let him quest for 5 without exhausting during the early stages of the game. If you find Strider in your opening hand after your mulligan, you will have to attach a different 1-cost attachment such as War Axe or Rivendell Bow.

Other cards you want to look for in your opening hand include:

Solo play

For solo games I would recommend to adapt the deck a bit. Take out Strength and Courage for Inner Strength to give Glorfindel a much needed +1 buff and a way to cancel shadow effects as he will be defending himself a bit more often. Also, take out the Rivendell Bows for a third copy of War Axe and Unexpected Courage or Support of the Eagles.

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Glorfindel and the Balrog

For the fun of it, let's see what it would take for Glorfindel to defeat The Balrog with a single attack...

The Balrog has 8 , 9 and 25 .

If Glorfindel is to slay this foe in one strike, he would need to withstand at least one hit and attack for 34 .

Is this something realistic you can achieve during a real game? Maybe not... But neither is it entirely impossible.

Glorfindel and the Balrog

16 comments

Feb 12, 2024 Marctimmins89 103

Wow! Bravo.

Feb 12, 2024 Urthli 121

I'm glad you like it!

Feb 12, 2024 Seastan 41344

Kudos on the effort on this one! I love it!

Feb 12, 2024 Urthli 121

Thanks!

Feb 13, 2024 doomguard 1877

respect for the writings, but deckwise i think it is not very appropriate. get a big eagel and do 3 times Support of the Eagles can evolve every hero to 30 att. for that no noldor and specially no Glorfindel (one of ) the mightiest warrior on middleearth is needed.

i think it should go more the noldor way, and what is THE noldorcard? what does combine high willpower with attackprowess? its the Fair and Perilous. and therfore Glorfindel is the best target.

you can improve his attack and willower and in the hour of need, the noldor are Fair and Perilous

with a Song of Travel and a Celebrían's Stone together with a Golden Belt and an War Axe he get wp of 7 and attack of 10 aganst unique enemies if attacking alone. even n this state with 3 Fair and Perilous hewould reach attack of 31.

this can thematicially be further increased:

Feb 13, 2024 doomguard 1877

forgot the Silver Circlet else he does not neeed the Song of Travel it is doable without but it does fit my sense of theme

Feb 13, 2024 Birdman137 111

I love the theme and the writeup on this one! And Support of the Eagles is one of my favorite cards to abuse. Nice work!

Feb 13, 2024 Urthli 121

Thanks for the suggestions, @doomguard. Though, I would like to point out that eagles are a crucial factor that allowed the exiles to survive and escape the ambush at Cirith Thoronath. I wanted to recreate tale so I could not simply omit them. I only run Support of the Eagles at 2 coppies in the main deck, with one copy on the side line so it is by no means the only win condition this deck has.

I agree that support of the eagles is incredibly strong and can turn even Frodo Baggins into a 30 attack demon, but Glorfindel with a War Axe and Strength and Courage is can attack for 11 , even without Support of the Eagles. The version of glorfindel you're suggesting is also great in its own way, but that is not what I was going for with this deck.

Feb 13, 2024 Urthli 121

Thanks for the suggestions, @doomguard. Though, I would like to point out that great eagles were a crucial factor that allowed the exiles to survive and escape the ambush at Cirith Thoronath. I wanted to recreate tale so I could not simply omit them.

I only play Support of the Eagles at 2 coppies in the main deck, with one copy on the side line, so it is by no means the only win condition this deck has.

I agree that Support of the Eagles is incredibly strong and can turn even Frodo into a 30 attack demon, but Glorfindel with a War Axe and Strength and Courage can attack for 11 , even without Support of the Eagles. The version of Glorfindel you're suggesting is also great in its own way, but that is not what I was going for with this deck.

Feb 13, 2024 Urthli 121

Thank you @Birdman137. Yes, Support of the Eagles is a really powerful card, but also pretty expensive, especially if you're going for a full set up with Eagles of the Misty Mountains. Oftentimes, by the time I get this set up, the game is at the point where it feels kinda overkill. Luckily Glorfindel can get pretty high risk without it for some early combat pushes.

Feb 13, 2024 Urthli 121

@doomguard I do like the idea of Last Stand a lot though. Glorfindel did indeed parish during that fight so it is very thematic. Unfortunately, for this deck, only ever usable in multiplayer scenarios as playing it would eliminate the player from the game entirely.

Feb 14, 2024 doomguard 1877

thats why i would play him closer to the book with my settings in a 3 hunterdeck e.g. with Gwaihir and a legolas

or even more to the original story play with 1.age heroes and take noldor that where at gondolin at this battle (or was turin there at the last battle?) some of this cards would be: hallofbeorn.com

Feb 14, 2024 Urthli 121

Though, in hind sight, I don't think you can legally play Last Stand if your last remaining hero just got eliminated... But theme wise it is still nice.

Feb 14, 2024 Urthli 121

@doomguardI considered different contracts and decided for myself that Forth, The Three Hunters! was not the way to go. Three characters is too little for the sake of the story imo. I did tried out At the End of All Things with Alagos one option, but in the end found the The Grey Wanderer more fun to play.

Feb 14, 2024 doomguard 1877

as The Grey Wanderer u can if u really want make an ally to hero with Sword-thain and then you are capable of Last Stand

Feb 14, 2024 Urthli 121

That is true.