A Scout could be an agent or soldier trained in surveillance and slipping behind enemy lines or a Spy or Informer, infiltrating enemies homes and gathering informations.The Sindarin term for a scout or spy was Ethir, in Gondor Spies or Agents were also known as Hin (S."Eyes").
Scouts and spies of renown
- Bill Ferny
- Grima Wormtongue
- Lotho Sackville-Baggins
- the sly southerner
- Snaga (Isengard)
- Ulfang the Black
In MERP the scout is a playable class.Notable Spy-Rings or information Agencies in Middle-Earth were:
- Sauronite Agitators
- the Cor Aran , the secret police of Castamir the Ursurper
- the Lómerantiri or "Royal Spies of Arthedain"
- Master-Spies of Angmar
- the Tirith Dolen, a royal secret service established by Eldacar of Gondor
Rolemaster has similar professions including Sleuth, Outrider,Magent, Ninja.
In LOTRRPG the Spy is an Elite-Order.