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White Tree of Gondor

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White Tree
Other namesWhite Tree of Minas Tirith, White Tree of the Eldar
FamilyTrees of Galathilion's line
LocationMinas Ithil, later Minas Tirith
AppearanceA 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.

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[edit] History

[edit] 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.

[edit] Second White Tree

In the T.A. 2, Isildur planted the seedling of the White Tree in Minas Anor in memory of his brother, Anárion.

This White Tree lasted until T.A. 1636, when the Great Plague hit Gondor, killing among many others King Telemnar and his children.

[edit] Third White Tree

See also: Dead Tree

A third sapling was planted in T.A. 1640 by King Tarondor and died in T.A. 2872 with the death of the Ruling Steward Belecthor II.[1]

Since no seedling was found, it was left standing after its death.[1] When eventually replaced in T.A. 3019, it was placed in the Tombs of the Kings with royal honors.

[edit] 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.

[edit] Genealogy

 
 
 
Telperion
destroyed
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Galathilion
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
 
 
 
 


[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"