|Other names||"White Tree"|
|Family||many seedlings (including Celeborn)|
|Appearance||made in the image of Telperion|
Galathilion, the White Tree, was a tree made by Yavanna for the Elves of the city of Tirion. It was made in the image of Telperion, as the Amanyar loved the White Tree most, although it gave no light.
It grew in the Great Square, a high open courtyard beneath the Mindon Eldaliéva, and had many seedlings in Eldamar. From it came Celeborn, the White Tree of Tol Eressëa; through which it became the ancestor of Nimloth of Númenor and the White Tree of Gondor.
Galathilion was at first a name for Telperion, "but in after days Galathilion the Less was the name of the White Tree of Túna."
Destroyed by Morgoth and Ungoliant
|Galathilion on Túna|
Made in the image of Telperion
|Celeborn of Tol Eressëa|
|Nimloth of Númenor|
|First Tree of Gondor (Minas Ithil)|
S.A. 3320 - 3429 (planted by Isildur)
|Second Tree of Gondor (Minas Anor)|
T.A. 2 - 1636 (planted by Isildur)
|Third Tree of Gondor (Minas Tirith)|
T.A. 1640 - 2872 (planted by Tarondor)
|Fourth Tree of Gondor (Minas Tirith)|
Since T.A. 3019 (planted by Elessar)
Other versions of the legendarium
In that hidden land we saw there stand
under a moonlight dim
a Tree more fair than ever I deemed
in Paradise might grow:
its foot was like a great tower's root,
its height no man could know;
and white as winter to my sight
the leaves of that Tree were;
they grew more close than swan-wing plumes,
long and soft and fair.
—Imram (The Death of Saint Brendan), vv. 67-76
- Actually the drawing of the Doors, displays a pair of trees flanking the composition, not a sole tree; unless they are both taken to symbolize the "Tree of the High Elves".
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
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- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", entries kal-, sil-
- Paul Strack, "S. Galathilion pn.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 30 June 2020)
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Three. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: (I) The First Phase: 2. Of Valinor and the Two Trees", p. 155
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Journey in the Dark"
- Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entries "Emblems — Eldar", "Tree of the High Elves"
- Mark Fisher, "Tree of the High Elves" dated 4 July 2008, Encyclopedia of Arda (accessed 29 September 2022)
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Sauron Defeated, "Part Two: The Notion Club Papers Part Two: Note on 'The Death of Saint Brendan' with the text of the published form 'Imram'", pp. 297-298