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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.


Ioreth means "old woman" in Sindarin; iaur "old" plus feminine ending -eth. In draft, Tolkien had spelt her name Yoreth.[1]

Like "Gamling", it was specifically chosen to suit the character of the old nurse.[1]

Note that the name has the same meaning with "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".[2] 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.[3]

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

Pauline Letts plays Ioreth.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 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
  2. Radio Times, Volume 133, No. 1727, December 14, 1956
  3. The Lord of the Rings (1979 radio series), "The Sword That Was Broken... New Forged"
  4. The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series), "The Battle of Pelennor Fields (episode)"