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Dates
Created soon after the coming of the Valar to Valinor; destroyed shortly before the first rising of the Sun
Location
On the mound of Ezellohar, to the west of Valmar
Origins
Made by Yavanna and Nienna
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  • Updated 31 October 2013
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The Two Trees of Valinor (conjectural)

Telperion and Laurelin, the Silver Tree and the Gold that brought light to the Land of the Valar in ancient times. They were destroyed by Melkor and Ungoliant, but their last flower and fruit were made by the Valar into the Moon and the Sun.

Telperion The first of the Two Trees to come into bloom, Telperion was thus known as the Eldest of Trees. The leaves of this Tree were dark green above, but shone beneath with a silver-white light, and its boughs were filled with silver flowers that dropped a shining dew onto the ground. It was from this dew that Varda formed the brightest stars. After Telperion was destroyed by Melkor and Ungoliant, it was the last of his silver flowers that the Valar formed into the Moon.
Laurelin Laurelin the Golden Tree came to its full light seven hours after Telperion, and thereafter the Two Trees waxed and waned, silver and golden, throughout the long Years of the Trees. The edges of Laurelin's leaves shone with golden light, and beneath the branches of the Tree clusters of gleaming golden flowers grew. After the Darkening of Valinor, the last golden fruit of Laurelin was taken by the Valar and sent into the sky as the Sun.

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