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Morgul-wound

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Morgul-wounds were inflicted by the weapons of Sauron's greatest servants — or, at least, by those of the Nazgûl. They carried dark enchantments that cursed the wounds suffered by their victims. The wounds themselves varied; those suffered by Steward Boromir in T.A. 2475 left him in crippling pain and shortened his life[1] (he died in 2489[2]), while the wound taken by Frodo on Weathertop[3] on 6 October 3018[4] threatened to make him a wraith.[5]

On 13 March 3019, when Faramir was retreating to Minas Tirith[4] he held at bay a mounted soldier of Harad as the Nazgûl swirled overhead. Faramir was struck down by a flying dart - it was feared that it was from the Nazgûl and had created a Morgul-wound.[6] However, after the great battle Aragorn examined the wound and found it to be healing. This proved that Faramir had not suffered a Morgul-wound. It had been believed that it was such though due to Faramir's sickness and fever, but Aragorn diagnosed Faramir's condition as due to weariness, grief, wounding, and the Black Breath.[7]

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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion", "The Stewards"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Knife in the Dark"
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Siege of Gondor"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Houses of Healing"