David Nash

Hello, my name is Patrick, and I’m the author behind all of the Book of Elessar content. I am a gamer, painter, creative writer, and formally, a book editor in the Denver area. I’ve been playing the Lord of the Rings Living Card Game for several years, although, in fits and starts.

This blog started as a passing joke about imagining a young Aragorn traveling around with Elladan and Elrohir, twin sons of Elrond, who ranged with Aragorn for a long time when he lived in Rivendell. I thought, I could actually combine this with the LOTR LCG, in a way that not only created content for the game itself, but also creative narratives that were literally derived from the events of each quest.

So, in this blog I am replaying every quest in the LOTR LCG proper (not counting the Core set, or Saga, for now). I’m playing true solo, wherever possible (some quests make this almost impossible), and every deck will feature Aragorn as a hero. This is not a “progression series,” in that I am not limiting my decks to cards only available at the time the quests were printed, but I am proceeding in order of release.

The Content


For each quest, I’ll have a breakdown of the deck I’ve made, of course, featuring Aragorn. I tailor each deck to the needs of the quest, and this also determines which version of Aragorn I use. Also, I explain my strategy going into the quest.


Quite simply, you can visit my YouTube channel to watch each game.


I’m writing a narrative that is based on each quest in the game. These chapters are inspired by cards, sequences, or notable characters that show up in the as I play the quests.

The Sword of Elendil was forged anew by Elvish smiths, and on its blade was traced a device of seven stars set between the crescent Moon and rayed Sun, and about them was written many runes; for Aragorn son of Arathorn was going to war upon the marches of Mordor. Very bright was that sword when it was made whole again; the light of the sun shone redly in it, and the light of the moon shone cold, its edge was hard and keen. And Aragorn gave it a new name and called it Andúril, Flame of the West.

The Fellowship of the Ring