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Fun MECCG Trivia (Eärendil has 11 Corruption Points and more)

Post by CDavis7M » Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:21 am

In Rivendell, Bilbo sings of Eärendil
Bilbo wrote:
Eärendil was a mariner
that tarried in Arvernien;
he built a boat of timber felled
in Nimbrethil to journey in;
her sails he wove of silver fair,
of silver were her lanterns made,
her prow was fashioned like a swan,
and light upon her banners laid.

In panoply of ancient kings,
in chained rings he armoured him;
his shining shield was scored with runes
to ward all wounds and harm from him;
his bow was made of dragon-horn,
his arrows shorn of ebony,
of silver was his habergeon,
his scabbard of chalcedony;
his sword of steel was valiant,
of adamant his helmet tall,
an eagle-plume upon his crest,
upon his breast an emerald.

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And over Middle-earth he passed
and heard at last the weeping sore
of women and of elven-maids
in Elder Days, in years of yore.
But on him mighty doom was laid,
till Moon should fade, an orbéd star
to pass, and tarry never more
on Hither Shores where mortals are;
for ever still a herald on
an errand that should never rest
to bear his shining lamp afar,
the Flammifer of Westernesse.

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I'm sure you all knew this 20 years ago, but most the items in Middle Earth The Dragons are from Bilbo's song of Eärendil. Obviously the flavor-text is quoting from this passage.

But did you know that Eärendil has scored 12 Marshalling Points all on his own? Though at a total of 11 Corruption Points (+1 to his rolls) he might not keep them long.

Please share if you have any other card or art trivia. I have more but this was a big post.

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Re: Fun MECCG Trivia (Eärendil has 11 Corruption Points and more)

Post by Theo » Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:55 am

How many Dragon's lairs do you figure it took him to get it all?
It is not our part here to take thought only for a season, or for a few lives of Men, or for a passing age of the world.
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Re: Fun MECCG Trivia (Eärendil has 11 Corruption Points and more)

Post by Fangorn » Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:16 pm

Nice idea for a scenario !
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Re: Fun MECCG Trivia (Eärendil has 11 Corruption Points and more)

Post by CDavis7M » Sat Mar 23, 2019 7:52 am

Theo, I think Eärendil got them from the same source as the Dragons... :(

Another FUN thing is that the art of the dwarves of Thorin's company matches their description well.

It was a dwarf with a blue beard tucked into a golden belt, and very bright eyes under his dark-green hood...'Dwalin at your service!'
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Instead there was a very old-looking dwarf on the step with a white beard and a scarlet hood... 'Balin at your service!
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It was two more dwarves, both with blue hoods, silver belts, and yellow beards; and each of them carried a bag of tools and a spade....'Kili at your service!' said the one. 'And Fili!' added the other; and they both swept off their blue hoods and bowed.
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It was not four after all, it was FIVE.... He had hardly turned the knob, before they were all inside, bowing and saying 'at your service' one after another. Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, and Gloin were their names; and very soon two purple hoods, a grey hood, a brown hood, and a white hood were hanging on the pegs, and off they marched with their broad hands stuck in their gold and silver belts to join the others....
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'At your service!' said Bifur, Bofur, and Bombur standing in a row. Then they hung up two yellow hoods and a pale green one; and also a sky-blue one with a long silver tassel. This last belonged to Thorin, an enormously important dwarf, in fact no other than the great Thorin Oakenshield himself.... Thorin indeed was very haughty, and said nothing about service; but poor Mr. Baggins said he was sorry so many times, that at last he... stopped frowning.
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'Now we are all here!' said Gandalf, looking at the row of thirteen hoods — the best detachable party hoods — and his own hat hanging on the pegs. 'Quite a merry gathering! I hope there is something left for the late-comers to eat and drink!'....
In some cards you can even spot which dwarf it is.
"Whatever did you want to go and drop him for, Dori?" "You would have droopped him," said Dori, "if a goblin had suddenly grabbed your legs from behind in the dark, tripped up your feet, and kicked you in the back!"
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Thorin is also in A Chance Meeting and Covetous Thoughts, but he's missing his tassel.
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Looks like Fili/Kili, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Thorin, Bilbo, and... another I can't tell. At least they are in the 7 company limit.

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Re: Fun MECCG Trivia (Eärendil has 11 Corruption Points and more)

Post by CDavis7M » Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:22 pm

Another fun thing I noticed are several references to the Silmarillion.

Jewel of Beleriand and Emerald of Doriath. Though I don't know if these reference specific jewels from the story.

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And then we have references to some of the Valar and Maiar. Osse, maiar of the sea, who teamed up with Melkor for a bit, and still causes rough seas here and there. And then Ulmo, Valar of the seas (though not sure what he has to do with underdeeps movement). And Orome the hunter. And of course, all the wizards and their manifestations.

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And then the Dream Cards add a few more references. Yavanna is always crying, Tuor meeting Ulmo, and also Uinen who calms her spouse Osse. Even more references in other DC cards.

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Re: Fun MECCG Trivia (Eärendil has 11 Corruption Points and more)

Post by CDavis7M » Sat May 11, 2019 5:12 am

I was just browsing historic ICE webpages on the ole wayback machine: https://web.archive.org/web/19980212005 ... frame.html

I'm sure many of you knew these things:
[*] The shipment of Fatty Bolger promo cards were lost in transit to ICE. Not sure if they found them or had to reprint.
[*] Balrog was originally going to sell in booster packs with 2 rares, similar to The White Hand.
[*] The Against the Shadow Players Guide is "COMING SOON!"

Here are some images that just feel very 1998. (sorry that the gifs don't show up right due to their transparency. click the link.)

lidless eye gif:
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The iconic land drake but with Dark Minions logo https://i.imgur.com/hKGOxVQ.gif
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Denethor: https://i.imgur.com/wZVdqzC.gif
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gif-lando
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