Asëa Aranion
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General Information
Aliases Athelas
Leaf of Kings
Classification Asea aranion
Species Type Herb
Homeworld Arda (Earth)
Environment Númenórë, Middle-Earth
Intelligence Non-Sapient
Biochemistry Carbon-based lifeform
Biological Information
Locomotion Sessile
Feeding Behavior Phototrophic Autotroph
Prey Sunlight, mineral nutrients
Lineage Information
Cultural Information
Alignment Neutral
Personality Mindless
Sociocultral characteristics
Scientific Taxonomy
Planet Earth
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Embryophyta
Infrakingdom Spermatophyta
Superphylum Angiosperms
Phylum Monocots
Order Asparagales
Family Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily Allioideae
Genus Asea
Species aranion
Other Information
Status Least Concern
Creator J. R. R. Tolkien

From the land of the Númenóreans, a herb of magical healing powers came to Middle-earth. In the High Elven tongue this herb was named Asëa Aranion, the "leaf of kings", because of the special powers that it possessed in the hands of the kings of Númenórë. More commonly, Elven-lore used the Sindarin name, Athelas; in the common Westron tongue of men it was Kingsfoil.

Because of their names they are considered here on All Species to be related to the onion.

Background HistoryEdit

Rescue of GondorEdit

Among the many tales in the "Red Book of Westmarch" is recorded a art of the Grey-elven rhyme concerning the healing herb "Athelas". The meaning of the rhyme had in the passing of Ages been lost to the understanding of all but the wisest of Men, though by the time of the War of the Ring it remained a folk cure for mild ailments of the body.

In the terrible days of that war Aragorn, son of Arathorn, who was the true descendant of the kings of Númenórë from where the magical woodland herb had come, came to the kingdom of Gondor. It is told in tales that Aragorn, who had the healing herbs of these kings, broke the long-leafed herb into cauldrons of steaming water and released its true power. The fragrance of orchards, the coolness of mountain snow, and the light of a shattered Star poured into the dark rooms where the victims of poisoned wounds and black sorcery lay, until they stirred again with life and youth, and the long trace that had held them in sway broke before it had taken them to an evil death.

So Athelas was named Kingsfoil, the "leaf of kings", by Men and its use by a true king of Númenórë was a sign of the end that would soon come to that greatest evil of Mordor, east of Gondor, which threatened all who inhabited Middle-earth.

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