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Houses of Healing

Type: Buildings, Halls, Houses

Region: Gondor

Other Names
the Houses

Location: A building complex with extensive gardens on the south side of the Sixth Circle of Minas Tirith, dedicated to the care of the seriously ill and injured.


Now at last they passed into the high circles of the City, and in the light of morning they went their way towards the Houses of Healing; and these were fair houses set apart, for the care of those who were grievously sick, but now they were prepared for the tending of men hurt in battle or dying. They stood not far from the Citadel-gate, in the sixth circle, nigh to its southward wall, and about them was a garden and a greensward with trees, the only such place in the City. There dwelt the few women that had been permitted to remain in Minas Tirith, since they were skilled in healing or in the service of the healers.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 7, The Pyre of Denethor

'But alas!... we do not keep [athelas] in the Houses of Healing, where only the gravely hurt or sick are tended.'

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 8, The Houses of Healing

So at last Faramir and Éowyn and Meriadoc were laid in beds in the Houses of Healing; and there they were tended well. For though all lore was in these latter days fallen from its fullness of old, the leechcraft of Gondor was still wise, and skilled in the healing of wound and hurt, and all such sickness as east of the Sea mortal men were subject to.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 8, The Houses of Healing

[The] servant of the Prince... led them to the Houses of Healing; and there they found their friends in the garden.... For a while they walked and talked, rejoicing... in peace and rest under the morning high up in the windy circles of the City.... Then... they... sat upon the wall with the greensward of the Houses of Healing behind them; and away southward before them was the Anduin glittering in the sun, as it flowed away... into the wide flats and green haze of Lebennin and South Ithilien.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 9, The Last Debate

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