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Culumalda was a tree with hanging yellow blossoms that grew in Ithilien, and especially in the woods around the Field of Cormallen.[1][2]


Culumalda was intended to be the source of the name Cormallen.[1][2]

Christopher Tolkien connects culumalda to the Elvish stems cul- ("golden-red") and mal- ("gold").[2]

Helge Fauskanger has suggested that culumalda is Quenya, consisting of culuma ("orange") + alda ("tree").[3]


Tolkien indicated that the tree was "prob[ably] a laburnum".[1]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, pp. 625-6 (citing from the Unfinished index)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names" (entry for mal-)
  3. Helge Fauskanger, "Quenya-English Wordlist (Quettaparma Quenyanna)" at Ardalambion (accessed 2 July 2011)