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'''Ioreth''' was the eldest of the women who served in [[Minas Tirith]]'s [[Houses of Healing]], whose remembrance of old lore helped restore the health of [[Faramir]]. She came originally from [[Imloth Melui]] in [[Lossarnach]]. She also was very talkative.
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'''Ioreth''' was a woman of [[Gondor]] during the [[War of the Ring]].
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==History==
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Ioreth originally from [[Imloth Melui]] in [[Lossarnach]], but moved to [[Minas Tirith]] and worked in the [[Houses of Healing]]. She was well versed in old lore, which helped restore the health of [[Faramir]]. She was very talkative, which annoyed [[Aragorn]] and [[Gandalf]].<ref>{{RK|Houses}}</ref>
  
 
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Like "[[Gamling]]", it was specifically chosen to suit the character of the old nurse.<ref name=Joukes/>
 
Like "[[Gamling]]", it was specifically chosen to suit the character of the old nurse.<ref name=Joukes/>
  
Note that the name has the same meaning with "[[Priscilla]]".
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Note that the name has the same meaning as "[[Priscilla]]".
  
 
==Portrayal in Adaptations==
 
==Portrayal in Adaptations==

Revision as of 21:24, 13 November 2010

Art by Christina Wald
Ioreth
Gondorian
Biographical Information
BirthLate Third Age
DeathEarly Fourth Age
Physical Description
GenderFemale

Ioreth was a woman of Gondor during the War of the Ring.

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History

Ioreth originally from Imloth Melui in Lossarnach, but moved to Minas Tirith and worked in the Houses of Healing. She was well versed in old lore, which helped restore the health of Faramir. She was very talkative, which annoyed Aragorn and Gandalf.[1]

Etymology

Ioreth means "old woman" in Sindarin; iaur "old" plus feminine ending -eth. In draft, Tolkien had spelt her name Yoreth.[2]

Like "Gamling", it was specifically chosen to suit the character of the old nurse.[2]

Note that the name has the same meaning as "Priscilla".

Portrayal in Adaptations

1956: The Lord of the Rings (1956 radio series):

Prunella Scales is credited as Ioreth in the fifth episode of the second run, "Minas Tirith and Mount Doom".[3] As Scales was in her twenties at the time, it is unknown to what extent the "old lady" aspect was used.

1979: The Lord of the Rings (1979 radio series):

Pat Franklyn is credited as "The Old Woman". She is not referred to as Ioreth at any time, but her lines are lifted from Ioreth's.[4]

1981: The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series):

Pauline Letts plays Ioreth.[5]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Houses of Healing"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Letter to a Mr. Joukes dated August 28, 1967", published in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 579
  3. Radio Times, Volume 133, No. 1727, December 14, 1956
  4. The Lord of the Rings (1979 radio series), "The Sword That Was Broken... New Forged"
  5. The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series), "The Battle of Pelennor Fields (episode)"