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==History==
 
==History==
 
[[File:Roger Garland - Two Trees of Valinor.jpg|thumb|left|[[Roger Garland]] - ''Two Trees of Valinor'']]
 
[[File:Roger Garland - Two Trees of Valinor.jpg|thumb|left|[[Roger Garland]] - ''Two Trees of Valinor'']]
Long before the [[Elves]] awoke, [[Yavanna]] created the Two Trees of Valinor to give light to realm of the [[Valar]]. The Trees first flowered after 3500 Valian Years had passed.<ref name=Annals>{{MR|P2}}</ref> This period began at the [[Opening Hour]], when [[Telperion]] first started to bloom alone; on the second hour, the [[First Day]] begun, and with it, the beginning of the [[Count of Time]].<ref name=BegDays>{{S|1}}</ref>  
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Long before the [[Elves]] awoke, [[Yavanna]] created the Two Trees of Valinor to give light to realm of the [[Valar]]. The Trees first flowered after 3500 Valian Years had passed.<ref name=Annals>{{MR|P2}}</ref> This period began at the Opening Hour, when [[Telperion]] first started to bloom alone; on the second hour, the First Day begun, and with it, the beginning of the Count of Time.<ref name=BegDays>{{S|1}}</ref>  
  
 
So began a reign of peace in Valinor, but Middle-earth was lit by starlight alone, and [[Morgoth|Melkor]] worked in the depths of [[Utumno]] in the north of the World and its dominion expanded to the south, while [[Sauron]] was appointed lieutenant in [[Angband]], anticipating an assault from the West.<ref>{{S|3}}</ref> It is not told how long this time lasted, just that 'the ages drew on'; this period would have lasted roughly 10,500 years. It was during this period that [[Aulë]] made the [[Dwarves]], and at [[Ilúvatar|Eru]]'s direction, set them to sleep until the creation of the [[stars]] and the [[Awakening of the Elves]].
 
So began a reign of peace in Valinor, but Middle-earth was lit by starlight alone, and [[Morgoth|Melkor]] worked in the depths of [[Utumno]] in the north of the World and its dominion expanded to the south, while [[Sauron]] was appointed lieutenant in [[Angband]], anticipating an assault from the West.<ref>{{S|3}}</ref> It is not told how long this time lasted, just that 'the ages drew on'; this period would have lasted roughly 10,500 years. It was during this period that [[Aulë]] made the [[Dwarves]], and at [[Ilúvatar|Eru]]'s direction, set them to sleep until the creation of the [[stars]] and the [[Awakening of the Elves]].
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|1 age of the Valar
 
|1 age of the Valar
|100 Valian years ([[randa]])<ref>{{LR|Etymologies}}, entry RAD</ref>
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|100 Valian years (randa)<ref>{{LR|Etymologies}}, entry RAD</ref>
 
|958 years, 105 days
 
|958 years, 105 days
 
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