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News spreads in Minas Tirith of Aragorn's healings

Event Type: General

Age: 3rd Age - Ring War

Dates: March 15, 3019 ~ March 16, 3019

Description:

An event in the aftermath of the Siege of Minas Tirith; see that entry for an overview:
Suddenly Faramir stirred, and he opened his eyes, and he looked on Aragorn who bent over him..., and he spoke softly. 'My lord, you called me. I come. What does the king command?'

'Walk no more in the shadows, but awake!' said Aragorn. 'You are weary. Rest a while, and take food, and be ready when I return.'

'I will, lord,' said Faramir. 'For who would lie idle when the king has returned?'

'Farewell then for a while!' said Aragorn. 'I must go to others who need me.' And he left the chamber.... As he... shut the door Pippin heard Ioreth exclaim:

'King! Did you hear that? What did I say? The hands of a healer, I said.' And soon the word had gone out from the House that the king was indeed come among them, and after war he brought healing; and the news ran through the City.

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

At the doors of the Houses many were already gathered to see Aragorn...; and when at last he had supped, men came and prayed that he would heal their kinsmen or their friends whose lives were in peril through hurt or wound, or who lay under the Black Shadow. And Aragorn arose and went out, and he sent for the sons of Elrond, and together they laboured far into the night. And word went through the City: 'The King is come again indeed.' And they named him Elfstone, because of the green stone that he wore, and so the name which it was foretold at his birth1 that he should bear was chosen for him by his own people.

And when he could labour no more, he cast his cloak about him, and slipped out of the City, and went to his tent just ere dawn and slept for a little. And in the morning the banner of Dol Amroth... floated from the Tower, and men looked up and wondered if the coming of the King had been but a dream.

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

Over the city of Gondor doubt and great dread had hung.... Their lord was dead..., dead lay the King of Rohan..., and the new king that had come to them in the night was gone again to a war with powers too dark and terrible for any might or valour to conquer.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 5, The Steward and the King


Notes
1   ... I [Christopher Tolkien] received a letter from Mr Christopher Gilson in which he referred to a brief but remarkable text associated with Appendix A that he had seen at Marquette.... [It] is very roughly written on a slip of paper torn from a rejected manuscript.... The writing on the verso reads:
and his father gave him the name Aragorn, a name used in the House of the Chieftains. But Ivorwen at his naming stood by, and said 'Kingly Valour' (for so that name is interpreted): 'that he shall have, but I see on his breast a green stone, and from that his true name shall come and his chief renown: for he shall be a healer and a renewer.'
Above this is written: 'and they did not know what she meant, for there was no green stone to be seen by other eyes' (followed by illegible words); and beneath it: 'for the green Elfstone was given to him by Galadriel'. A large X is also written, but it is not clear whether this relates to the whole page or only to a part of it.

The Peoples of Middle-earth, HoME Vol 12, Foreword: Note on the Text

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 14Mar08

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