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Dates
The second White Tree of Minas Tirith died in III 2872, and the Withered Tree was left in place until III 3019 (147 years)
Location
The courts of the Citadel of Minas Tirith
Origins
The remains of the second White Tree of Minas Tirith, which died at the same time as Steward Belecthor II
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Withered Tree

The Dead Tree of Minas Tirith

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Another name for the Dead Tree that stood in the courts of the Citadel of Minas Tirith. In origin it was the second of the White Trees of the city, a descendant of Nimloth, the White Tree of Númenor. Planted in III 1640, it grew in the midst of the highest tier of Minas Tirith for more than a thousand years. On the death of Steward Belecthor II, the White Tree also died, and the Gondorians were unable to find any seedling to replace it. Thus the Dead and Withered Tree was left standing in the courts as a memorial of Gondor's ancient heritage. It remained there until the time of the War of the Ring, 147 years later, when Gandalf led Aragorn to a new sapling of the line of Nimloth. At that time the Withered Tree was removed to the Tombs of the Silent Street, and a new White Tree was planted in its place.


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