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'''Athelas''' is also known as '''Kingsfoil''' or '''Asëa Aranion'''.  
 
'''Athelas''' is also known as '''Kingsfoil''' or '''Asëa Aranion'''.  
  
It was first brought to [[Middle-earth]] by [[Númenoreans]], but by the end of the [[Third Age]] the knowledge of its healing properties was lost among all but the [[Rangers of the North]]. According to folklore in [[Gondor]], it is especially powerful in the hands of the king, perhaps because of the [[Elvish]] heritage of the royal house. It was used by [[Aragorn II|Aragorn]], secretly entering [[Minas Tirith in Gondor|Minas Tirith]] upon his return to [[Gondor]] to heal those touched by the [[black breath]], an act that enhanced his reputation and strengthed his claim to the crown.  
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It was first brought to [[Middle-earth]] by [[Númenoreans]], but by the end of the [[Third Age]] the knowledge of its healing properties was lost among all but the [[Rangers of the North]]. According to folklore in [[Gondor]], it is especially powerful in the hands of the king, perhaps because of the [[Elvish]] heritage of the royal house. It was used by [[Aragorn II|Aragorn]], secretly entering [[Minas Tirith in Gondor|Minas Tirith]] upon his return to [[Gondor]] to heal those touched by the [[Black Breath]], an act that enhanced his reputation and strengthed his claim to the crown.  
  
 
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Revision as of 12:51, 29 April 2006

Athelas is also known as Kingsfoil or Asëa Aranion.

It was first brought to Middle-earth by Númenoreans, but by the end of the Third Age the knowledge of its healing properties was lost among all but the Rangers of the North. According to folklore in Gondor, it is especially powerful in the hands of the king, perhaps because of the Elvish heritage of the royal house. It was used by Aragorn, secretly entering Minas Tirith upon his return to Gondor to heal those touched by the Black Breath, an act that enhanced his reputation and strengthed his claim to the crown.


Athelas was also used by Huan and Lúthien to heal wounded Beren in the early Lay of Leithian. It contradicts the information from The Lord of the Rings of it being brought to Middle-earth by Númenoreans, so it was either changed by Tolkien in later versions of his legendarium, or athelas grew in Beleriand before it was destroyed, and then brought back to Middle-earth by Númenoreans in the Second Age.


Kingsfoil is also mentioned in Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea, as one of the herbs in the witch of Gont's hut.