Dictionaries say 'none the worse' means 'not damaged or hurt despite something' but I cannot understand following 2 cases from the novel LoTR in this way.
'...This Treebeard at any rate has not starved you.'
'He has not,' said Merry. 'But Ents only drink, and drink is not enough for content. Treebeard's draughts may be nourishing, but one feels the need of something solid. And even lembas is none the worse for a change.'
Translation version of my tongue says even lembas couldn't make me content. But if it is right, I think 'none the better' would fit more though I'm not sure.
But if I am a murderer on that account, then all the House of Éorl is stained with murder; for they have fought many wars, and assailed many who defied them. Yet with some they have afterwards made peace, none the worse for being politic. I say, Théoden King: shall we have peace and friendship, you and I?
Translation version of my tongue says being politic wasn't bad choices. contextually it may be right but I couldn't figure out how come...
If you explain those in detail, I would really really appreciate. Thanks:-)