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The Wounded Surgeon (Manwë)

Prompts:
Alternate viewpoints: "The Black Gate Opens"
Scientific achievements: Medicine
Off the Map's Edge: Hildórien


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The Wounded Surgeon

The Firstborn said Melkor sickened them, but on the shores of Hildórien he was the soft breath of wind that caressed each one as they woke.

He found they were susceptible to quacks who claimed quick cures. Once, this was beyond his leechcraft. He set his instruments aside. The surgery was more drastic than he might have prescribed.

In the dark days, he sent messengers to nurse them back; and, in the end, he sent them Eagles, wing-beats like a blessing placed upon each head.

The whole of history has been a heartbeat to him – and Arda is still marred.

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The title is from Part IV of East Coker by TS Eliot.


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