White Tree of Gondor
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|Other names||White Tree of Minas Tirith, White Tree of the Eldar|
|Family||Trees of Galathilion's line|
|Location||Minas Ithil, later Minas Tirith|
|Appearance||A white tree (with leaves dark on top and silver beneath; and clusters of white blossoms)|
The White Tree of Gondor stood as a symbol of Gondor in the Court of the Fountain in Minas Tirith. Its predecessor was a seedling of Nimloth planted in Minas Ithil, that was destroyed before the end of the Second Age).
The White Tree also appears in the Livery of Elendil, as a motif upon Gondor's flag.
First White Tree
The first White Tree of Gondor came from a fruit that Isildur, at great personal risk, managed to steal from Nimloth the Fair, the White Tree of Númenor, before that one was destroyed at Sauron's insistence. He suffered many wounds at this mission, and he came near death, but when the first leaf opened in the spring, Isildur was healed of his wounds.
This sapling was brought to Middle-earth on Isildur's ship, and it was eventually planted in Minas Ithil before the house of Isildur. But when Sauron returned to Middle-earth, he launched a sudden attack in S.A. 3429 that captured Minas Ithil, and he burned the White Tree. Isildur escaped taking with him again a sapling.
Second White Tree
Third White Tree
- See also: Dead Tree
Fourth White Tree
When Aragorn became king he discovered (with Gandalf's help) a sapling of the White Tree upon the slopes of Mindolluin, high above the city, which he reverently planted in its place. In June of T.A. 3019 the sapling bloomed.
Made in the image of Telperion
|Celeborn of Tol Eressëa|
|Nimloth of Númenor|
|First Tree of Gondor (Minas Ithil)|
Late Second Age
|Second Tree of Gondor (Minas Anor)|
T.A. 2 - 1636
|Third Tree of Gondor (Minas Tirith)|
T.A. 1640 - 2872
|Fourth Tree of Gondor (Minas Tirith)|
T.A. 3019 - Onward