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Galathilion, the White Tree made by Yavanna for the Elves of the city of Tirion and a descendant of Telperion although it gave no light. Known as the Tree of Tuna[1] and the Tree of Tirion,[2] it grew in a high open courtyard beneath the Mindon Eldaliéva.

It had many seedlings in Eldamar. From it came Celeborn, the White Tree of Tol Eressëa;[3] through which it became the ancestor of Nimloth of Númenor and the White Tree of Gondor.[1]

Legolas noted that the Doors of Durin displayed the Tree of the High Elves[4][note 1] which probably represented Galathilion.[5][6][7]

[edit] Genealogy

 
 
 
Telperion
destroyed
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Galathilion
Made in the image of Telperion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Celeborn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nimloth
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
First tree of Gondor (Minas Ithil)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Second tree of Gondor (Minas Anor)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Third tree of Gondor (Minas Tirith)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fourth tree of Gondor (Minas Tirith)
 
 
 
 

[edit] Etymology

The name is Sindarin and contains the element thil = "shine (white)".[8]

Notes

  1. Actually the drawing of the Doors, displays a pair of trees flanking the composition, not a sole tree; unless they are both taken to symbolize the "Tree of the High Elves".

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Akallabêth: The Downfall of Númenor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Beginning of Days"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Journey in the Dark"
  5. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entries "Emblems", "Tree of the High Elves"
  6. Mark Fisher, "Tree of the High Elves" dated 4 July 2008, Encyclopedia of Arda (accessed 26 October 2014)
  7. Elena Tiriel, "Tree of the High Elves" dated 19 July 2010, Henneth Annun Story Archive (accessed 26 October 2014)
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", sil-