S. athelas n. “kingsfoil, a healing herb” (Category: Medicine, Drug)
Conceptual Development: ᴱN. athelas appeared in the margins of The Lay of Leithian from the 1920s next to the phrase “of all the herbs of healing chief” (LB/269), and it already had the form N. athelas when it first appeared in Lord of the Rings drafts of the 1940s (RS/190).
References ✧ LBI; LotR/864; LotRI/Asëa aranion, Athelas, Kingsfoil; PE17/16, 49, 100, 148; PE22/166
|athae||“*healing herb, healing”||✧ PE17/49; PE17/148|
|lass||“leaf”||✧ PE17/49; PE22/166 (las)|
|Q. asëa||“healing herb, athelas”||✧ PE22/166 (†athe-a)|
References ✧ RS/190; RSI/Athelas; TII/Athelas; WR/394; WRI