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The White Tree, by Ted Nasmith

The White Tree of Gondor was the symbol of the realm of Gondor, growing in the Court of the Fountain at Minas Tirith. The White Tree was also the motif of Gondor's flag.

DescriptionEdit

This iconic tree was in appearance a tall spacious tree of graceful form, white thin unwrinkled bark over white wood. In spring it bore numerous white flowers, but few of these ever fructified; what shape the fruit was is never described, nor is it considered to be edible. The leaves were laurel-like, dark green above and bright silver beneath. The wood when burned gives off a dense, choking, volumnious smoke that forms a fog capable of burying an entire country in darkness for several days.

It was fashioned in the image of Telperion, elder of the Two Trees of Valinor, originally. This image was given to the Elves of Kortirion in Valinor and named Galathilion. From it a sapling was taken to Tol Eressëa, named Celeborn. This in turn sired the tree Nimloth of Númenor, felled by Sauron and burned on the altars.[citation needed]

HistoryEdit

First White TreeEdit

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.[citation needed]

Second White TreeEdit

In the Year 2 of the Third Age, Isildur plants the seedling of the White Tree in Minas Anor.

This White Tree lasts until TA 1636, when the Great Plague hits Gondor, killing among many others King Telemnar and his children.[citation needed]

Third White TreeEdit

A third sapling is planted in TA 1640 by King Tarondor. This one lasts until the year 2852 and the death of the Ruling Steward Belecthor II.

At this time no seedling of the tree could be found. As a result it was left standing after its death.[citation needed]

Fourth White TreeEdit

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 Tombs of the Kings with all the honour that would normally be accorded a fallen monarch. In June of TA 3019 the sapling blooms.[citation needed]

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

The Lord of the Rings film trilogyEdit

White Tree of Gondor

The finding of the sapling is not seen in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). In the film, the previously dead tree is shown to be flowering again during the Siege of Gondor and the imminent arrival of Aragorn on the Black Ships.

Line of the White TreeEdit

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Telperion

(destroyed)
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Galathilion
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Celeborn of Tol Eressëa
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Nimloth the Fair of Númenor
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
First White Tree of Minas Ithil

(planted by Isildur, Second Age)
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Second White Tree of Minas Anor

(planted by Isildur, TA 2 - TA 1636)
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Third White Tree of Minas Tirith

(TA 1640 - TA 2852)
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fourth White Tree of Minas Tirith

(planted by Aragorn, TA 3019)


Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Wit Boom van Gondor
Albanian Pemë e bardhë e Gondorit
Arabic شجرة جوندور البيضاء
Armenian Գոնդոր-ի Սպիտակ ծառ
Azerbaijani Gondor'in ağ ağacı
Basque Gondorren Zuhaitz Zuria
Belarusian Cyrillic Белае дрэва Гондара
Bengali গন্দর এর সাদা বৃক্ষ
Bosnian Bijelo drvo Gondora
Bulgarian Cyrillic Бяло дърво на Гондор
Catalan Arbre blanc de Góndor
Chinese 刚铎的白树
Croatian Bijelo stablo Gondora
Czech Bílý strom Gondoru
Danish Hvide træ af Gondor
Dutch Witte Boom van Gondor
Esperanto Blanka Arbo de Gondoro
Estonian Gondori valge puu
Fijian Vulavula na vunikau ni Gondor
Filipino Puting Puno ng Gondor
Finnish Gondorin Valkoinen Puu
French Arbre blanc du Gondor
Galician Árbore Branca de Gondor
Georgian გონდორის თეთრი ხე
German Weißer Baum von Gondor
Greek Λευκό δέντρο της Γκόντορ
Gujarati ગોન્ડોરના સફેદ વૃક્ષ
Haitian Creole Bwa Blan de Gondor
Hausa Farin bishiya na Gondor
Hawaiian ʻO ka lāʻau keʻokeʻo o Gondor
Hebrew עץ לבן של גונדור
Hindi गोन्डोर का सफेद वृक्ष
Hmong Tsob ntoo dawb ntawm Gondor
Hungarian Gondor fehér fája
Icelandic Hvítt tré af Gondor
Indonesian Putih pohon Gondor
Irish Gaelic Crann bán de Gondor
Italian Albero Bianco di Gondor
Japanese ゴンドールの白い木
Javanese Pohon Wit saka Gondor
Kannada ಗೊಂಡೋರ್ನ ವೈಟ್ ಟ್ರೀ
Kazakh Ақ ағашы Гондор (Cyrillic) Aq ağaşı Gondor (Latin)
Korean 곤도의 흰 나무
Latvian Gondoras balta koka
Lithuanian Balta Gondoro medis
Macedonian Cyrillic Белото дрво на Гондор
Malagasy Hazo Fotsy ny Gondor
Malaysian Pokok putih Gondor
Maltese Siġra abjad tal-Gondor
Marathi व्हाईट ट्री ऑफ गोन्दोर
Mongolian Cyrillic Гондор-ийн Цагаан мод
Norwegian Gondorens Hvite tre
Persian درخت سفید از گاندور
Polish Białe Drzewo Gondoru
Portuguese Árvore branca de Gondor
Romanian Arbore alb de Gondsau
Russian Белое Древо Гондора
Samoan Paʻepaʻe Laau o Gondor
Scottish Gaelic Geal Craobh de Gondor
Serbian Бело Дрво Гондора (Cyrillic) Belo Drvo Gondora (Latin)
Sinhalese ගොඳොර් වල සුදු ගස
Slovak Biely strom Gondoru
Slovenian Bele drevo Gondorja
Spanish Árbol blanco de Gondor
Swahili Mti mweupe wa Gondor
Swedish Gondorens Vita träd
Tamil கொண்டோரின் வெள்ளை மரம்
Telugu గోండోర్ యొక్క వైట్ ట్రీ
Turkish Gondor'un beyaz ağacı
Thai พฤกษาขาวแห่งกอนดอร์
Ukrainian Cyrillic Біле Дерево Гондору
Vietnamese Cây trắng của Gondor
Welsh Coeden Gwyn o Gondor
Yiddish ווייסע טרי פון גאָנדאָר
Yoruba Igi funfun ti Gondor