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{{disambig-two|the chapter of ''[[The Return of the King]]''|building in [[Minas Tirith]]|[[Houses of Healing]]}}
 
{{disambig-two|the chapter of ''[[The Return of the King]]''|building in [[Minas Tirith]]|[[Houses of Healing]]}}
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'''The Houses of Healing''' is the eighth chapter of the fifth book in ''[[The Return of the King]]''.
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| book=The Return of the King
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| number=8
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| event=[[Aragorn]] heals the wounded of [[Gondor]] and [[Rohan]].
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| date=[[16 March]] {{TA|3019|n}}
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| location=[[Minas Tirith]]
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| perspective=[[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]] and [[Peregrin Took|Peregrin]]
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| previous=The Pyre of Denethor
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| next=The Last Debate
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'''The Houses of Healing''' is the eighth chapter of the first book in ''[[The Return of the King]]''.
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==Summary==
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===Summary===
Crying and in pain, [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]] accompanied the procession carrying [[Théoden]] and [[Éowyn]] into the [[Minas Tirith|city]].<ref>{{RK|Battle}}</ref> As Merry ascended the city roads, he ran into [[Peregrin Took|Pippin]], who was startled and glad, and noticed that Merry was stumbling badly. Merry's arm had gone completely numb after he stabbed the [[Nazgûl]]. Pippin escorted Merry to the [[Houses of Healing]].
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Crying and in pain, [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]] accompanies the procession carrying [[Théoden]] and [[Éowyn]] into the city. As Merry ascends the city roads, he runs into [[Peregrin Took|Pippin]], who is startled and glad, and notices that Merry is stumbling badly. Merry’s arm has gone completely numb after he stabbed the [[Nazgûl]]. Pippin escorts Merry to the [[Houses of Healing]].
  
After the battle, [[Aragorn]] furled his banner and ordered his men to prepare tents outside the city. He refused to claim his throne until the war with [[Mordor]] was decided, for good or ill. Aragorn planned to wait outside the gate until the [[Stewards of Gondor|Lord of Minas Tirith]] bade him to enter. Aragorn, learning of Denethor’s fate, assigned [[Imrahil]] to act as the interim leader of [[Gondor]]. Aragorn, [[Éomer]], and Imrahil secretly agreed, though, that [[Gandalf]] was their true leader for the remainder of the war against Mordor.
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After the battle, [[Aragorn]] furls his banner and orders his men to prepare tents outside the city. He refuses to claim his throne until the war with [[Mordor]] is decided, for good or ill. Aragorn plans to wait outside the gate until the [[Stewards of Gondor|Lord of Minas Tirith]] bids him to enter. Aragorn, learning of Denethor’s fate, assigns [[Imrahil]] to act as the interim leader of [[Gondor]]. Aragorn, [[Éomer]], and Imrahil secretly agree, though, that [[Gandalf]] is their true leader for the remainder of the war against Mordor.
  
At Gandalf's request, Aragorn entered the city in the guise of a Ranger. The wounded, including Merry, [[Faramir]], and Éowyn, grew steadily sicker from the poison of the Enemy’s weapons. One of the city’s [[Ioreth|nurses]] recalled a legend of Gondor, which said, "The hands of the king are the hands of a healer, and so shall the rightful king be known." Only Aragorn could save those wounded by the Enemy.
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At Gandalf’s request, Aragorn enters the city in the guise of a Ranger. The wounded, including Merry, Faramir, and Éowyn, grow steadily sicker from the poison of the Enemy’s weapons. One of the city’s nurses recalls a legend of Gondor, which says, “The hands of the king are the hands of a healer, and so shall the rightful king be known.Only Aragorn can save those wounded by the Enemy.
  
Aragorn crushed the leaves of an [[Athelas]] plant, a seemingly useless herb that grew in Gondor, and stirred them in a bowl of warm water. The sweet scent of the herb awoke Faramir from his fever. Faramir immediately affirmed Aragorn as his superior and king. Aragorn then tended to Éowyn and Merry, who both returned to consciousness when Aragorn touched and kissed them. All through the night, Aragorn healed the wounded of the city. Rumours flew throughout the city that the King of Gondor now walked again, bringing healing in his hands. As foretold at Aragorn's birth, the people called him [[Elfstone]],<ref>{{App|Tale}}</ref> or [[Aragorn|Elessar]], after the green gem that he wore around his neck, which [[Galadriel]] had given to him earlier.<ref>{{FR|Farewell}}</ref>
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Aragorn crushes the leaves of the [[Athelas]] plant, a  
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seemingly useless herb that grows in Gondor, and stirs them in a bowl of warm water. The sweet scent of the herb awakens Faramir from his fever. Faramir immediately affirms Aragorn as his superior and king. Aragorn then tends to Éowyn and Merry, who both return to consciousness when Aragorn touches and kisses them. All through the night, Aragorn heals the wounded of the city. Rumors fly throughout the city that the King of Gondor now walks again, bringing healing in his hands. As foretold at Aragorn’s birth, the people call him [[Elfstone]], or [[Aragorn|Elessar]], after the green gem that he wears around his neck, which [[Galadriel]] gave to him earlier.
 
[[Category:The Return of the King chapters|Houses of Healing]]
 
[[Category:The Return of the King chapters|Houses of Healing]]

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