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Laurelin by Daniel Govar

Laurelin ([ˈlaʊrelin]) was the Golden Tree of Aman, the mate of Telperion, and the younger of the Two Trees of Valinor.



Laurelin was created by the Vala Yavanna and Nienna on the hill of Ezellohar. From that hill Laurelin and Telperion shed their light on the realm of the Valar in the long years before the making of the Sun and Moon.

The Golden Tree was destroyed by Melkor who used the giant spider spirit Ungoliant to his evil purpose during the theft of the Silmarils, which caused the Darkening of Valinor. The creation and destruction of Laurelin and Telperion marked the beginning and ending of the Years of the Trees, before the First Age of Middle-earth.

According to legend, in the end of times there will be a "Final Battle" (the Dagor Dagorath), in which Morgoth is utterly defeated and evil is banished, and the light of the Silmarils will be used to create the Two Trees once more.


Laurelin is said to mean "Song of Gold".[1] In the Etymologies, the element laure ("gold") in Laurelin derives from the root LÁWAR-.[2] The name Laurelin appears to be Quenya.Template:Or


Another name for Laurelin was Culúrien,[1] containing the Elvish element cul- ("golden-red").[3]

The Valarin name of Laurelin was Tulukhedelgorūs.[4]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", pp. 358, 368
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Appendix D. *Kwen, Quenya, and the Elvish (especially Ñoldorin) words for 'Language': Note on the 'Language of the Valar'", p. 401