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'''Lilies''' were large flowers that grow on slender stalks, that in [[Middle-earth]] were found at least in the [[Gondorians|Gondorian]] lands of [[Lebennin]] and [[Ithilien]]. In the modern world, lilies can grow in a variety of colours and patterns, but in [[Tolkien]]'s world they're always referred to as being white: for example in the description of [[Éowyn]] in her illness as 'white as a lily' ([[The Lord of the Rings]] V 8, [[The Houses of Healing]]). Among [[Gandalf]]'s amazing array of fireworks was one in the shape of a lily, which could famously hang in the air throughout an entire evening.
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'''Lilies''' were large flowers that grow on slender stalks.  Given many references to these flowers they must have been widespread in [[Middle-earth]]:  In [[the Shire]] there were two [[Hobbits]] who were named "Lily", [[Lily Baggins]]<ref>{{App|Baggins}}</ref> and [[Lily Cotton]].<ref>{{App|Gamgee}}</ref>  Among [[Gandalf]]'s amazing array of fireworks was one in the shape of a lily, which could famously hang in the air throughout an entire evening.<ref>{{H|Party}}</ref>  [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] and [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]] found lilies when they came to [[Ithilien]].<ref>{{TT|IV4}}</ref>  [[Éowyn]], ill in the [[Houses of Healing]], was described as "white as a lily".<ref>{{RK|V8}}</ref>
  
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==External links==
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* [[wikipedia:Lillium|Lillies]] at [[wikipedia:Main Page|Wikipedia]]
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Revision as of 23:01, 9 October 2012

Lilies were large flowers that grow on slender stalks. Given many references to these flowers they must have been widespread in Middle-earth: In the Shire there were two Hobbits who were named "Lily", Lily Baggins[1] and Lily Cotton.[2] Among Gandalf's amazing array of fireworks was one in the shape of a lily, which could famously hang in the air throughout an entire evening.[3] Frodo and Sam found lilies when they came to Ithilien.[4] Éowyn, ill in the Houses of Healing, was described as "white as a lily".[5]

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References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Baggins of Hobbiton"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "The Longfather-tree of Master Samwise"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Houses of Healing"