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Tree of the High Elves

The image of Telperion

A reference to the White Tree Galathilion that stood in the courts of Tirion in the Pass of Light, and was made in the image of Telperion by Yavanna herself. This tree was later used as an emblem of the High Elves, at least in Middle-earth. Most notably, it appeared on the Doors of Durin at the western entrance to Moria. On those Doors, the tree was depicted twice, as a mirrored pair of images. Those images showed Galathilion with its branches hung with crescent Moons, to represent its descent from Telperion, whose last flower formed the Moon itself.

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