Niphredil was a small white flower of Doriath, and called the Star of the Earth.


Niphredil first bloomed in the forest of Neldoreth in Doriath to greet fair Lúthien when she was born.[1] Together with the sun-star flower of Elanor, it also grew in Lothlórien on Cerin Amroth.[2]. After the passing of King Elessar, Arwen laid herself to Cerin Amroth and died. Following this, niphredil and elanor bloomed no more east of the sea.[3]


Niphredil is a Sindarin name for "Little pallor", from nipred ("pallor") and the ending il. The name may also mean "Snowdrop".


  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter X: "Of the Sindar"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter VI: "Lothlorien"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, I: The Númenórean Kings, (v): "The tale of Aragorn and Arwen"