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Sweet Galenas

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{{quote|The Men of Gondor call [[Pipe-weed|it]] '''sweet galenas''', and esteem it only for the fragrance of its flowers.|Concerning Pipe-weed, [[The Lord of the Rings]]}}
 
{{quote|The Men of Gondor call [[Pipe-weed|it]] '''sweet galenas''', and esteem it only for the fragrance of its flowers.|Concerning Pipe-weed, [[The Lord of the Rings]]}}
  
'''Sweet Galenas''' were one of many names for the plant known to the [[Hobbits]] as [[Pipe-weed]], the source of the Leaf they smoked in their pipes. Though the 'art' of pipe-smoking belonged to the Hobbits, the plant itself came originally from [[Gondor]] in the warm south.  
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'''Sweet Galenas''' were one of many names for the plant known to the [[Hobbits]] as [[Pipe-weed]], the source of the Leaf they smoked in their pipes. Though the art of pipe-smoking belonged to the Hobbits and the [[Bree-landers|Bree-folk]], the plant itself came originally from [[Gondor]] in the warmer South. It was brought there from [[Númenor]] and from them acquired its common Gondorian name, [[Westmansweed]]. The more noble ([[Sindarin]]) name was '''galenas'''. The word ''galenas'' comes from an earlier form ''galanes'', meaning "sweet smelling growth".  
 
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It was brought there by the ancestors of the [[Gondorians]], the [[Númenóreans]], from their island home in the west, and from them acquired its common Gondorian name, westmansweed. Its more noble name in that region, however, was galenas or, in full, sweet galenas. This comes from [[galen]], the [[Elvish]] word for 'green': indeed, in the earliest drafts of [[The Lord of the Rings]] it is actually referred to as 'green' galenas.
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"The Men of Gondor call it sweet galenas, and esteem it only for the fragrance of its flowers."
― Concerning Pipe-weed, The Lord of the Rings

Sweet Galenas were one of many names for the plant known to the Hobbits as Pipe-weed, the source of the Leaf they smoked in their pipes. Though the art of pipe-smoking belonged to the Hobbits and the Bree-folk, the plant itself came originally from Gondor in the warmer South. It was brought there from Númenor and from them acquired its common Gondorian name, Westmansweed. The more noble (Sindarin) name was galenas. The word galenas comes from an earlier form galanes, meaning "sweet smelling growth".