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The '''White Tree of Gondor''' stood as a symbol of [[Gondor]] in the Court of the Fountain in [[Minas Tirith]] (as well as [[Minas Ithil]]).
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The '''White Tree of Gondor''' stood as a symbol of [[Gondor]] in the [[Court of the Fountain (Minas Tirith)|Court of the Fountain]] in [[Minas Tirith]] (as well as [[Minas Ithil]]).
 
The White Tree also appears as a motif upon Gondor's flag.
 
The White Tree also appears as a motif upon Gondor's flag.
  
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=== First White Tree ===
 
=== First White Tree ===
 
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The first White Tree of Gondor came from a fruit that [[Isildur]], at great personal risk, managed to steal from [[Nimloth of Númenor|Nimloth]] the Fair, the White Tree of [[Númenor]], before that one was destroyed at [[Sauron]]'s insistence. He suffered many wounds at this mission, and he came near death, but when the first leaf opened in the spring, Isildur was healed of his wounds.
The first White Tree of Gondor came from a fruit that [[Isildur]], at great personal risk, managed to steal from [[Nimloth]] the Fair, the White Tree of [[Númenor]], before that one was destroyed at [[Sauron]]'s insistence. He suffered many wounds at this mission, and he came near death, but when the first leaf opened in the spring, Isildur was healed of his wounds.
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This sapling was brought to Middle-earth on Isildur's ship, and it was eventually planted in [[Minas Ithil]] before the house of Isildur. But when Sauron returned to Middle-earth, he launched a sudden attack that captured Minas Ithil, and he destroyed the White Tree. Isildur escaped taking with him again a sapling.
 
This sapling was brought to Middle-earth on Isildur's ship, and it was eventually planted in [[Minas Ithil]] before the house of Isildur. But when Sauron returned to Middle-earth, he launched a sudden attack that captured Minas Ithil, and he destroyed the White Tree. Isildur escaped taking with him again a sapling.
  
 
=== Second White Tree ===
 
=== Second White Tree ===
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In the {{TA|2}}, Isildur planted the seedling of the White Tree in [[Minas Anor]].
  
In the Year 2 of the [[Third Age]], Isildur plants the seedling of the White Tree in [[Minas Anor]].
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This White Tree lasted until {{TA|1636}}, when the [[Great Plague]] hits [[Gondor]], killing among many others King [[Telemnar]] and his children.
 
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This White Tree lasts until [[Third Age|T. A.]] 1636, when the [[Great Plague]] hits [[Gondor]], killing among many others King [[Telemnar]] and his children.
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=== Third White Tree ===
 
=== Third White Tree ===
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{{seealso|Dead Tree}}
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A third sapling was planted in {{TA|1640}} by King [[Tarondor (King of Gondor)|Tarondor]] and died in {{TA|2872}} with the death of the [[Stewards of Gondor|Ruling Steward]] [[Belecthor II]].<ref name=B2>{{App|B2}}</ref>
  
A third sapling is planted in [[Third Age|T. A.]] 1640 by King [[Tarondor]]. This one lasts until the year 2852 and the death of the [[Stewards of Gondor|Ruling Steward]] [[Belecthor II]].
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Since no seedling was found, it was left standing after its death.<ref name=B2/> When eventually replaced in {{TA|3019}}, it was placed in the [[Rath Dínen|Tombs of the Kings]] with royal honors.
 
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At this time no seedling of the tree could be found. As a result it was left standing after its death.
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=== Fourth White Tree ===
 
=== Fourth White Tree ===
 
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When [[Aragorn]] became king he discovered (with [[Gandalf]]'s help) a sapling of the White Tree upon the slopes of [[Mindolluin]], high above the city, which he reverently planted in its place. In June of {{TA|3019}} the sapling bloomed.
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When [[Aragorn]] becomes king he discovers (with [[Gandalf]]'s help) a sapling of the White Tree upon the slopes of [[Mindolluin]], high above the city, which he reverently plants in its place. The dead tree is removed from the court but is placed in the [[Rath Dínen|Tombs of the Kings]] with all the honour that would normally be accorded a fallen monarch. In June of [[Third Age|T. A.]] 3019 the sapling blooms.
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== Genealogy ==
 
== Genealogy ==
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{{familytree | | | |TEL| | | | | LAU=[[Laurelin]]|TEL=[[Telperion]]<br><small>destroyed</small>}}
      [[Celeborn]] of [[Tol Eressëa]]
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{{familytree | | | |GAL| | | | | GAL=[[Galathilion]]<br><small>Made in the image of Telperion</small>}}
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{{familytree | | | | |!| | | | | }}
    [[Nimloth the Fair]] of [[Númenor]]
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{{familytree | | | |CEL| | | CEL=[[Celeborn (White Tree)|Celeborn]] of [[Tol Eressëa]]}}
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{{familytree | | | | |!| | | | | }}
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{{familytree | | | |NIM| | | NIM=[[Nimloth of Númenor|Nimloth]] of [[Númenor]]}}
  First White Tree of [[Minas Ithil]]
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{{familytree | | | | |!| | | | | }}
  planted by [[Isildur]], Second Age
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{{familytree | | | |G1| | | | |G1=<small>[[#First White Tree|First Tree of Gondor]] ([[Minas Ithil]])<br>Late [[Second Age]]</small>}}
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{{familytree | | | | |!| | | | | }}
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{{familytree | | | |G2| | | | |G2=<small>[[#Second White Tree|Second Tree of Gondor]] ([[Minas Anor]])<br>{{TA|2}} - {{TA|1636|n}}</small> }}
  Second White Tree of [[Minas Anor]]
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  planted by Isildur, TA. 2- TA. 1636
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{{familytree | | | |G3 | | | | |G3=<small>[[#Third White Tree|Third Tree of Gondor]] ([[Minas Tirith]])<br>{{TA|1640}} - {{TA|2872|n}}</small> }}
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{{familytree | | | |G4 | | | | |G4=<small>[[#Fourth White Tree|Fourth Tree of Gondor]] (Minas Tirith)<br>{{TA|3019}} - Onward</small>}}
Third White Tree of [[Minas Tirith]]
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      TA. 1640- TA. 2852
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Fourth White Tree of Minas Tirith
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    Planted by [[Aragorn]], TA. 3019
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== Film ==
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The finding of the sapling is not seen in [[Peter Jackson's The Return of the King]] (2003). In the film we momentarily see however that the previously dead tree is flowering again during the Siege of Gondor and the imminent arrival of Aragorn on the Black Ships.
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[[Category:Trees]]
 
[[Category:Trees]]
 
[[Category:Signs and Symbols]]
 
[[Category:Signs and Symbols]]
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[[fr:encyclo/biologie/flore/arbre_blanc_du_gondor]]

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Ted Nasmith - The White Tree.jpg
White Tree
Other namesWhite Tree of Minas Tirith
FamilyTrees of Galathilion's line
LocationMinas Tirith
AppearanceA white tree (with blossoms)

The White Tree of Gondor stood as a symbol of Gondor in the Court of the Fountain in Minas Tirith (as well as Minas Ithil). The White Tree also appears as a motif upon Gondor's flag.

Contents

History

First White Tree

The first White Tree of Gondor came from a fruit that Isildur, at great personal risk, managed to steal from Nimloth the Fair, the White Tree of Númenor, before that one was destroyed at Sauron's insistence. He suffered many wounds at this mission, and he came near death, but when the first leaf opened in the spring, Isildur was healed of his wounds.

This sapling was brought to Middle-earth on Isildur's ship, and it was eventually planted in Minas Ithil before the house of Isildur. But when Sauron returned to Middle-earth, he launched a sudden attack that captured Minas Ithil, and he destroyed the White Tree. Isildur escaped taking with him again a sapling.

Second White Tree

In the T.A. 2, Isildur planted the seedling of the White Tree in Minas Anor.

This White Tree lasted until T.A. 1636, when the Great Plague hits Gondor, killing among many others King Telemnar and his children.

Third White Tree

See also: Dead Tree

A third sapling was planted in T.A. 1640 by King Tarondor and died in T.A. 2872 with the death of the Ruling Steward Belecthor II.[1]

Since no seedling was found, it was left standing after its death.[1] When eventually replaced in T.A. 3019, it was placed in the Tombs of the Kings with royal honors.

Fourth White Tree

When Aragorn became king he discovered (with Gandalf's help) a sapling of the White Tree upon the slopes of Mindolluin, high above the city, which he reverently planted in its place. In June of T.A. 3019 the sapling bloomed.

Genealogy

 
 
 
Telperion
destroyed
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Galathilion
Made in the image of Telperion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Celeborn of Tol Eressëa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nimloth of Númenor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
First Tree of Gondor (Minas Ithil)
Late Second Age
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Second Tree of Gondor (Minas Anor)
T.A. 2 - 1636
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Third Tree of Gondor (Minas Tirith)
T.A. 1640 - 2872
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fourth Tree of Gondor (Minas Tirith)
T.A. 3019 - Onward
 
 
 
 


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"