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Old 03-12-2003, 09:08 AM   #37
Malva Headstrong
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Im quite sure it is the herb basil (not sure if its the right translation. In German its name is Basilikum). Basil means in Old Greek "king", Ive heard the plant is called so in Britian and Tolkien was - as far as I know - professor for Old Greek. So its more than likely that Tolkien translated the name into Elvish/English and added some healing powers.

"las" means "leaf", maybe a leaf formed like a blade or the tip of a spear (like Elven ears, "las" is also used in terms with "ears", "listen" etc.). Is there someone who can post the description of atheles of the book an da picture of basil?

[ March 12, 2003: Message edited by: Malva Headstrong ]
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