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Hröangolmë or the "lore of the body" was one of the matters most studied by the Númenóreans, concerning the arts of healing. Númenóreans had a self-healing power superior to the Men in Middle-earth, and sickness was rare among them until the decay of the isle. However, they had learned much of this lore from the Eldar and they found practical to keep a continued study of medicine in case sickness appeared. Thus, in their first travels to Middle-earth, Númenóreans were most welcomed by native Men, as they shared their knowledge of these skills.[1]

[edit] Etymology

Hröangolmë is clearly Quenya, from hröa ("body") + ñolmë ("lore, knowledge").


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part Three. The World, its Lands, and its Inhabitants: XI. Lives of the Númenóreans", p. 322, cf. footnote