Source: RotK – Houses of Healing
Disclaimer: Tolkien made Middle-earth – Kortirion borrowed his setting and introduced this character.
He never embroidered his stories. What he said happened, happened... indeed, one was usually forced to read between the lines to find the complete picture.
He moved, seemingly tireless, between beds, warders bringing fresh boiling water when the basin chilled. Smoke, sulphur, bile, guts... all retreated before the scented athelas, king’s herb wielded by...
Not yet he wasn’t... She sighed. To her eyes his tale unfolded, the cut that stiffened his shoulder, the slight limp where a knee had twisted on soft ground, bruised temple, slashed knuckles...
Arnica, calendula, skullcap... and a good slug of brandy!
She’d have them readied.