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Orc Healing

Type: Miscellaneous

Description:Pippin saw [Uglúk] go to Merry, who was lying close by, and kick him. Merry groaned. Seizing him roughly Uglúk pulled him into a sitting position, and tore the bandage off his head. Then he smeared the wound with some dark stuff out of a small wooden box. Merry cried out and struggled wildly.

The Orcs clapped and hooted. 'Can't take his medicine,' they jeered. 'Doesn't know what's good for him.' ...

But at the moment Uglúk was not engaged in sport. He needed speed.... He was healing Merry in orc-fashion; and his treatment worked swiftly. When he had forced a drink from his flask down the hobbit's throat, cut his leg-bonds, and dragged him to his feet, Merry stood up, looking pale but grim and defiant, and very much alive. The gash in his forehead gave him no more trouble, but he bore a brown scar to the end of his days.

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 3, The Uruk-Hai

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 28Jan05

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