With many, many thanks to Lady Elwen for her editing!
Passages from LotR used as reference in this story:
from “A knife in the Dark”, FotR. The titles comes from this poem, in case you missed it. :)
The first scene of the “Last Debate”, where Legolas and Gimli meet Merry and Pippin at the Houses of Healing.
RotK, Book V, Ch 7, The Pyre of Denethor
The herbal uses appearing on the story are accurate. Thornapple is a folk name for
, a plant containing an alkaloid that has been used in asthma treatments for generations in folk medicine. Willow bark and meadowsweet are nature’s aspirin. A tincture made of marigold leaves is a very potent antiseptic and enhances wound healing. Safety warning: Do not try any of these without consulting a licensed practitioner first.
Information regarding pipe-weed comes from The Encyclopedia of Arda.
The inspiration for this story came from this thought: If Orlando Bloom has spawned such hysteria after his appearance in the films, how did the
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