As a general rule of thumb, when you’re receiving medical attention, it’s hard to keep secrets.
Aragorn tends to Sam and Frodo, mixing up a salve with some dried athelas that he has left over from the ride from Weathertop. Frodo tries to deny treatment, but Aragorn forces him to remove his shirt to take a look at the wound. And what do we have here? Ah look, mithril! Aragorn holds it up, laughing, and the Fellowship marvels at its beauty. Underneath, the force of the blow drove the rings of the mail into Frodo’s skin, even though they stopped the point of the spear.
After some time, the athelas brings relief to the two, and Frodo is obliged to wear the mithril as he goes on. Safety first!
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And so we have some time to reminisce about Bilbo. What a guy! This of course was his mail first, and Merry wishes to tell Bilbo how it saved Frodo’s life someday. But let’s remember, first things first: focus on getting home alive.
But athelas is that awesome stuff that you should probably carry around all the time. In addition to making Frodo and Sam feel better, anyone who gets a whiff of the fumes feels refreshed. If this were an RPG (and keep in mind that Lord of the Rings was the original inspiration for a lot of games like that), I’d make sure I always had a healthy stock of athelas in my inventory. Usefulness +10.
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I blame the English! They haven’t had enough of the blame lately.
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