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Old 05-29-2017, 10:07 AM   #29
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There is not only the Orc-draught but the Orc-neosporin...

...Then he smeared the wound with some dark stuff out of a small wooden box. Merry cried out and struggled wildly.

The Orcs clapped and hooted. "Can't take his medicine," they jeered. "Doesn't know what's good for him. Ai! We shall have some fun later."

But at the moment Ugluk was not engaged in sport. He needed speed and had to humour unwilling followers. He was healing Merry in orc-fashion; and his treatment worked swiftly. When he had forced a drink from his flask down the hobbit's throat, cut his leg-bonds, and dragged him to his feet, Merry stood up, looking pale but grim and defiant, and very much alive. The gash in his forehead gave him no more trouble, but he bore a brown scar to the end of his days.~The Uruk-hai
I agree about the physical vs. spiritual healing. Lembas and miruvor's healing is spiritual, and the effects of their healing will restore one's strength/will/energy. But there is no nasty side-effects; it's refreshing and there is no "crash" when the refreshment wears off.

Orc-draught and the orc-medicine physically heals, and it works "swiftly." Merry and Pippin get healed in "orc-fashion." Elf-fashion is spiritual, orc-fashion is physical. And orc-fashion is like big pharma, the treatment will temporarily relieve the physical symptoms but you wonder 1. what are the nasty side-effects? and 2. what happens when the drug wears off?

Neither Pippin nor Merry remembered much of the later part of the journey. Evil dreams and evil waking were blended into a long tunnel of misery, with hope growing ever fainter behind. They ran, and they ran, striving to keep up the pace set by the Orcs, licked every now and agan with a cruel thong cunningly handled. If they halted or stumbled, they were seized and dragged for some distance.

The warmth of the orc-draught had gone. Pippin felt cold and sick again...~ibid
Anyone else think about a sugar crash, or caffeine crash after reading this? Only, of course, the orc-draught crash seems much worse.
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