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Signet

Mechanics and History

Signets are used to signify groups of characters that work well together, even reaching across cultural boundaries. Indeed, some cards with the same signet can all be viewed as if they were labeled with a unifying Unloaded Keyword such as Ranger or Besieger. It is thus no coincidence that the four signets center around particularly important characters, with those Characters or cards unique to them activating various signet abilities. Usually, however, (and this is true of Unloaded Keywords in general) signets are not something to be overly concerned about unless there is a particular signet-targeting ability that is going to be exploited.

Three of the signets (Aragorn, Gandalf, and Frodo) were introduced in the very beginning with the release of The Fellowship of the Ring, while Theoden was introduced in The Two Towers (naturally). Particularly general wording in the rulebooks suggests that more were planned, but following the end of the Movie block signets were dropped entirely, their space replaced with an icon indicating personal Resistance instead.

Below are four cards each bearing one of the four signets in their lower left-hand corner. From left to right: Gandalf, Aragorn, Frodo, and Theoden:


Legolas, Not As Good As Greenleaf

Gimli, Lord of the Glittering Errata

Boromir, Hero to Many a Hobbit

Eowyn, Takes Hits Like A Girl



And here are four of their counterparts, cards that can activate to benefit (or be benefited by) those with particular signets:


Trust Me Like That Time I Took You To A Dragon And Abandoned You There

Aragorn, Walking Corpsman

Frodo, That Hits The Spot

Theoden the Cheerleeder



It should be noted that there is no rule stopping a character from boosting himself with a signet-targeting ability, such as if Theoden, Lord of the Mark were to grant himself Defender +1 using Forth Eorlingas! above. Indeed, most signet abilities have at least the option of boosting the signet's avatar, so if one of the four signet characters is a major part of your deck's strategy, these abilities can be used to great effect.

Post-Shadows

As noted above, following Movie block Companions were no longer printed with any signets at all, and no more cards having costs or effects affecting only signeted cards were made. However, there is a curious case in that some cards were reprinted in later sets, notably Boromir, Defender of Minas Tirith and Pippin, Hobbit of Some Intelligence. Both of these cards have the new Resistance icon in place of a signet, but since they are word-for-word reprints of an earlier card, it was ruled that they both have the Gandalf signet of the originals. They are therefore unique in being the only signeted cards not actually bearing the signet on the card itself.

From the Comprehensive Rules 4.0:

Some Free Peoples character cards have a signet, found in the lower left corner of the card. Cards with the same signet generally give bonuses to each other and work well in the same deck.

Each signet is based around an important character in the story. The available signets are Aragorn, Frodo, Gandalf, and Théoden.

List of Signet-Targeting Abilities

Aragorn Signet
# Card Type Game Text
1P365 Aragorn, King in Exile Companion • Man Ranger. At the start of each of your turns, you may heal another companion who has the Aragorn signet.
2R36 No Mere Ranger Event Skirmish: Exert Aragorn to make another companion strength +2 (or +3 if that companion has the Aragorn signet).
3U47 Voice of Rauros Event Maneuver: Exert Aragorn to make each companion with the Aragorn signet damage +1 until the regroup phase.
4U123 Hard Choice Event Fellowship: Spot Aragorn to heal a companion who has the Aragorn signet twice.
5R41 These Are My People Event Fellowship: Exert Aragorn twice to play any number of possessions from your discard pile onto companions with the Aragorn signet.
6U116 Westfold Site Fellowship: Exert Aragorn twice to play a companion with the Aragorn signet from your draw deck.
8C31 At His Command EventSkirmish Exert Aragorn to make an unbound companion with the Aragorn signet strength +1 for each threat you spot.
Gandalf Signet
# Card Type Game Text
1P364 Gandalf, The Grey Wizard CompanionWizard Fellowship: Exert Gandalf to play a companion who has the Gandalf signet. The twilight cost of that companion is -2.
2C23 Gandalf's Wisdom Condition Plays to your support area. The twilight cost of each possession or artifact played on Gandalf or a character who has the Gandalf signet is -1.
3U35 Trust Me as You Once Did Condition Plays to your support area. Skirmish: Exert Gandalf to make a companion strength +1 for each companion with the Gandalf signet you can spot (limit +3).
4U96 Keep Your Forked Tongue Event Skirmish: Spot Gandalf and 3 twilight tokens to prevent all wounds to a companion who has the Gandalf signet.
5R16 Down From the Hills Event Spell. Maneuver: Exert Gandalf 3 times to make an unbound companion with the Gandalf signet strength +5, defender +1, damage +2, and unable to take wounds until the regroup phase.
6U117 Meduseld Site Sanctuary. Fellowship: Exert 3 companions with the Gandalf signet to play an unbound companion from your dead pile.
8U16 Let Us Not Tarry EventSkirmish Exert Gandalf to make a minion skirmishing an unbound companion strength -1 for each Gandalf signet you spot.
Frodo Signet
# Card Type Game Text
1C290 Frodo, Son of Drogo Companion • Hobbit Ring-bearer (resistance 10). Fellowship: Exert another companion who has the Frodo signet to heal Frodo.
2U98 Dear Friends Event Fellowship: Exert a companion to place a Free Peoples card from your discard pile beneath your draw deck (or 2 Free Peoples cards if that companion has the Frodo signet).
3U107 Frodo's Pipe PossessionPipe Bearer must be Frodo. Fellowship: Discard a pipeweed possession and spot X pipes to heal a companion with the Frodo signet X times.
4U312 Mind Your Own Affairs Event Skirmish: Spot Frodo and add a burden to wound a minion skirmishing a companion who has the Frodo signet.
5R113 No Use That Way Event Skirmish: Add 3 burdens to wound a minion skirmishing a companion who has the Frodo signet twice.
6U115 Rocks of Emyn Muil Site Fellowship: Play a companion with the Frodo signet to remove a burden.
8C114 Straining Towards Us EventRegroup Exert Frodo to remove (1) for each Frodo signet you spot.
Theoden Signet
# Card Type Game Text
4U275 Forth Eorlingas! Event Maneuver: Exert Theoden to make a companion who has the Theoden signet defender +1 until the regroup phase.
5R84 I Am Here Event Fellowship: Exert Theoden twice to heal every other companion with the Theoden signet twice.
6U118 Hornburg Hall Site Sanctuary. Fellowship: Spot 3 companions with the Theoden signet and discard your hand to draw 4 cards.
8C90 No Living Man EventSkirmish Exert Theoden to exert a minion for each Theoden signet you spot.
9R45 Horn of the Mark Possession Bearer must be Merry or Pippin. Bearer gains the Theoden signet. Response: If bearer wins a skirmish, exert him to discard each minion involved in that skirmish.







List of Characters Bearing Signets




Aragorn Signet
# Card Type Signet
0P15 Legolas, Son of Thranduil (P) Companion • Elf Aragorn
0P23 Aragorn, Captain of Gondor (P) Companion • Man Aragorn
0P24 Legolas, Elven Stalwart (P) Companion • Elf Aragorn
0P25 Denethor, Wizened Steward (P) Companion • Man Aragorn
0P32 Gandalf, Mithrandir (P) CompanionWizard Aragorn
0P35 Faramir, Captain of Gondor (P) Companion • Man Aragorn
0P39 Eowyn, Sister-daughter of Theoden (P) Companion • Man Aragorn
0D16D Arwen, Maiden of Rivendell (D) Companion • Elf Aragorn
1U12 Gimli, Dwarf of Erebor Companion • Dwarf Aragorn
1R30 Arwen, Daughter of Elrond Companion • Elf Aragorn
1R30T Arwen, Daughter of Elrond (T) Companion • Elf Aragorn
1R96 Boromir, Lord of Gondor Companion • Man Aragorn
1R96T Boromir, Lord of Gondor (T) Companion • Man Aragorn
1C303 Merry, From O'er the Brandywine Companion • Hobbit Aragorn
1C311 Sam, Son of Hamfast Companion • Hobbit Aragorn
1P365 Aragorn, King in Exile Companion • Man Aragorn
2C102 Frodo, Reluctant Adventurer Companion • Hobbit Aragorn
2C102T Frodo, Reluctant Adventurer (T) Companion • Hobbit Aragorn
2C110 Pippin, Mr. Took Companion • Hobbit Aragorn
2P122 Gandalf, The Grey Pilgrim CompanionWizard Aragorn
2M2M Frodo, Reluctant Adventurer (M) Companion • Hobbit Aragorn
3P121 Legolas, Son of Thranduil Companion • Elf Aragorn
4R48 Gimli, Lockbearer Companion • Dwarf Aragorn
4R73 Legolas, Dauntless Hunter Companion • Elf Aragorn
4R73T Legolas, Dauntless Hunter (T) Companion • Elf Aragorn
4R116 Faramir, Captain of Gondor Companion • Man Aragorn
4C266 Eomer, Sister-son of Theoden Companion • Man Aragorn
4R271 Eowyn, Sister-daughter of Theoden Companion • Man Aragorn
4C292 Theoden, Son of Thengel Companion • Man Aragorn
4P364 Aragorn, Wingfoot Companion • Man Aragorn
4P364T Aragorn, Wingfoot (T) Companion • Man Aragorn
4M2M Legolas, Dauntless Hunter (M) Companion • Elf Aragorn
5U111 Frodo, Master of the Precious Companion • Hobbit Aragorn
5U115 Sam, Nice Sensible Hobbit Companion • Hobbit Aragorn
6U13 Arwen, Evenstar of Her People Companion • Elf Aragorn
6R30 Gandalf, Mithrandir CompanionWizard Aragorn
6R113 Merry, Impatient Hobbit Companion • Hobbit Aragorn
6R114 Pippin, Hastiest of All Companion • Hobbit Aragorn
6M3M Merry, Impatient Hobbit (M) Companion • Hobbit Aragorn
7R7 Gimli, Feared Axeman Companion • Dwarf Aragorn
7R25 Legolas, Fearless Marksman Companion • Elf Aragorn
7C81 Aragorn, Captain of Gondor Companion • Man Aragorn
7R85 Denethor, Steward of the City Companion • Man Aragorn
7C86 Denethor, Wizened Steward Companion • Man Aragorn
7R227 Eomer, Skilled Tactician Companion • Man Aragorn
7R227T Eomer, Skilled Tactician (T) Companion • Man Aragorn
7C229 Eowyn, Restless Maiden Companion • Man Aragorn
7C317 Frodo, Hope of Free Peoples Companion • Hobbit Aragorn
7R324 Pippin, Wearer of Black and Silver Companion • Hobbit Aragorn
7R324T Pippin, Wearer of Black and Silver (T) Companion • Hobbit Aragorn
7C326 Sam, Needer of Vittles Companion • Hobbit Aragorn
8C10 Legolas, Elven Stalwart Companion • Elf Aragorn
8R15 Gandalf, Leader of Men CompanionWizard Aragorn
8R15T Gandalf, Leader of Men (T) CompanionWizard Aragorn
8R38 King of the Dead, Oathbreaker Companion • Wraith Aragorn
8R38T King of the Dead, Oathbreaker (T) Companion • Wraith Aragorn
8C41 Oathbreaker Companion • Wraith Aragorn
8R43 Shadow Host Companion • Wraith Aragorn
8U45 Sleepless Dead Companion • Wraith Aragorn
8R92 Theoden, Tall and Proud Companion • Man Aragorn
10U5 Arwen, Echo of Luthien Companion • Elf Aragorn
10R28 Denethor, Lord of Minas Tirith Companion • Man Aragorn


Frodo Signet
# Card Type Signet
0P13 Legolas, Greenleaf (P) Companion • Elf Frodo
0P16 Faramir, Son of Denethor (P) Companion • Man Frodo
0P18 Smeagol, Old Noser (P) Companion Frodo
0P27 Frodo, Resolute Hobbit (P) Companion • Hobbit Frodo
1R50 Legolas, Greenleaf Companion • Elf Frodo
1R50T Legolas, Greenleaf (T) Companion • Elf Frodo
1R72 Gandalf, Friend of the Shirefolk CompanionWizard Frodo
1R72T Gandalf, Friend of the Shirefolk (T) CompanionWizard Frodo
1U97 Boromir, Son of Denethor Companion • Man Frodo
1C290 Frodo, Son of Drogo Companion • Hobbit Frodo
1R302 Merry, Friend to Sam Companion • Hobbit Frodo
1C306 Pippin, Friend to Frodo Companion • Hobbit Frodo
1R310 Sam, Faithful Companion Companion • Hobbit Frodo
2P121 Gimli, Dwarf of the Mountain-race Companion • Dwarf Frodo
2M4M Gimli, Dwarf of the Mountain-race (M) Companion • Dwarf Frodo
3U7 Arwen, Elven Rider Companion • Elf Frodo
3R38 Aragorn, Heir to the White City Companion • Man Frodo
3M1M Arwen, Elven Rider (M) Companion • Elf Frodo
4C117 Faramir, Son of Denethor Companion • Man Frodo
4R301 Frodo, Courteous Halfling Companion • Hobbit Frodo
4R301T Frodo, Courteous Halfling (T) Companion • Hobbit Frodo
4C310 Merry, Learned Guide Companion • Hobbit Frodo
4C314 Pippin, Woolly-footed Rascal Companion • Hobbit Frodo
4R315 Sam, Frodo's Gardener Companion • Hobbit Frodo
5C28 Smeagol, Old Noser Companion Frodo
5R29 Smeagol, Slinker Companion Frodo
5R29T Smeagol, Slinker (T) Companion Frodo
6C45 Smeagol, Poor Creature Companion Frodo
7R71 Smeagol, Always Helps Companion Frodo
7C72 Smeagol, Hurried Guide Companion Frodo
7R91 Faramir, Wizard's Pupil Companion • Man Frodo
7R327 Sam, Resolute Halfling Companion • Hobbit Frodo
8R27 Smeagol, Slippery Sneak Companion Frodo
8P121 Merry, Noble Warrior Companion • Hobbit Frodo
8P122 Pippin, Guard of Minas Tirith Companion • Hobbit Frodo
10R6 Arwen, Queen of Elves and Men Companion • Elf Frodo
10R6T Arwen, Queen of Elves and Men (T) Companion • Elf Frodo
10R25 Aragorn, Elessar Telcontar Companion • Man Frodo
10R25T Aragorn, Elessar Telcontar (T) Companion • Man Frodo
10P121 Frodo, Resolute Hobbit Companion • Hobbit Frodo


Gandalf Signet
# Card Type Signet
0P12 Gimli, Son of Gloin (P) Companion • Dwarf Gandalf
0P14 Aragorn, Ranger of the North (P) Companion • Man Gandalf
0P19 Theoden, King of the Golden Hall (P) Companion • Man Gandalf
0P26 Gandalf, Defender of the West (P) CompanionWizard Gandalf
0P28 Arwen, Fair Elf Maiden (P) Companion • Elf Gandalf
0P49 Eomer, Keeper of Oaths (P) Companion • Man Gandalf
0P51 Radagast, The Brown (P) CompanionWizard Gandalf
0P67 Frodo, Mr. Underhill (P) Companion • Hobbit Gandalf
0D17D Gandalf, Stormcrow (D) CompanionWizard Gandalf
1R13 Gimli, Son of Gloin Companion • Dwarf Gandalf
1R13T Gimli, Son of Gloin (T) Companion • Dwarf Gandalf
1U51 Legolas, Prince of Mirkwood Companion • Elf Gandalf
1R89 Aragorn, Ranger of the North Companion • Man Gandalf
1R89T Aragorn, Ranger of the North (T) Companion • Man Gandalf
1R289 Frodo, Old Bilbo's Heir Companion • Hobbit Gandalf
1R307 Pippin, Hobbit of Some Intelligence Companion • Hobbit Gandalf
1P364 Gandalf, The Grey Wizard CompanionWizard Gandalf
2C104 Merry, Horticulturalist Companion • Hobbit Gandalf
2C114 Sam, Proper Poet Companion • Hobbit Gandalf
2M3M Sam, Proper Poet (M) Companion • Hobbit Gandalf
3R8 Arwen, Lady Undomiel Companion • Elf Gandalf
3P122 Boromir, Defender of Minas Tirith Companion • Man Gandalf
4C49 Gimli, Unbidden Guest Companion • Dwarf Gandalf
4C74 Legolas, Elven Comrade Companion • Elf Gandalf
4C90 Gandalf, The White Wizard CompanionWizard Gandalf
4C90T Gandalf, The White Wizard (T) CompanionWizard Gandalf
4C109 Aragorn, Heir of Elendil Companion • Man Gandalf
4C302 Frodo, Tired Traveller Companion • Hobbit Gandalf
4R311 Merry, Unquenchable Hobbit Companion • Hobbit Gandalf
4R313 Pippin, Just a Nuisance Companion • Hobbit Gandalf
4C316 Sam, Samwise the Brave Companion • Hobbit Gandalf
5C93 Theoden, King of the Golden Hall Companion • Man Gandalf
5P122 Eowyn, Daughter of Eomund Companion • Man Gandalf
6R92 Eomer, Rohirrim Captain Companion • Man Gandalf
6P121 Faramir, Ithilien Ranger Companion • Man Gandalf
7R16 Arwen, Fair Elf Maiden Companion • Elf Gandalf
7C36 Gandalf, Defender of the West CompanionWizard Gandalf
7R255 Theoden, Rekindled King Companion • Man Gandalf
7R318 Frodo, Wicked Masster! Companion • Hobbit Gandalf
7C320 Merry, Rohirrim Squire Companion • Hobbit Gandalf
7C323 Pippin, Sworn to Service Companion • Hobbit Gandalf
7P364 Aragorn, Driven by Need Companion • Man Gandalf
8C5 Gimli, Counter of Foes Companion • Dwarf Gandalf
8C34 Faramir, Defender of Osgiliath Companion • Man Gandalf
8C87 Eomer, Keeper of Oaths Companion • Man Gandalf
9R+26 Radagast, The Brown CompanionWizard Gandalf
10R72 Eowyn, Lady of Ithilien Companion • Man Gandalf
10P122 Sam, Great Elf Warrior Companion • Hobbit Gandalf
10P122T Sam, Great Elf Warrior (T) Companion • Hobbit Gandalf
12U43 Boromir, Defender of Minas Tirith Companion • Man Gandalf
12R127 Pippin, Hobbit of Some Intelligence Companion • Hobbit Gandalf


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