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Tolkien next to a Black Pine in 1973

Pines were common evergreen trees, found throughout the lands of Middle-earth, but especially in the highlands of Dorthonion, a land which took its name from the pine trees that grew there.[1]


The Sindarin name for a "pine-tree" is thôn.[2][3]

In the Etymologies, Ilkorin thōn and Noldorin thaun (pl. thuin), deriving from root THON, are said to mean "pine-tree".[4][5]

In Tolkien's very early conception of the Elvish languages (dating from ca. 1917), the Gnomish name for a "pinetree" is aigos and the Qenya name is aikasse.[6]


One of Tolkien's favourite trees was a certain pine tree (a Black Pine, lat. Pinus nigra) found in the Botanic Garden, Oxford. On the last known photograph of Tolkien (taken 9 August 1973), he appears standing next to the tree.[7]

External links


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beleriand and its Realms"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names"
  3. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 384 (citing the "Unfinished index")
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 392
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Addenda and Corrigenda to the Etymologies — Part Two" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter and Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 46, July 2004, p. 19
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, "I-Lam na-Ngoldathon: The Grammar and Lexicon of the Gnomish Tongue", in Parma Eldalamberon XI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), p. 17
  7. The Queen of Hobbits for sale at (accessed 24 June 2011)