Tolkien Gateway

Nimloth (tree)

This article is about the White Tree of Númenor. For the wife of Dior Eluchíl, see Nimloth of Doriath.
The name White Tree refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see White Tree (disambiguation).
Nimloth
Juliana Pinho - Tar-Miriel and Nimloth.png
"Tar-Miriel and Nimloth" by Juliana Pinho
Other namesWhite Tree
LocationArmenelos
FamilyDescended from Galathilion
GalleryImages of Nimloth

Nimloth was the White Tree which grew in the King's Court in Armenelos of Númenor. It was brought as a gift by the Eldar from Tol Eressëa, in the form of a seedling from Celeborn as a symbol of friendship between the two races. Its blossoms appeared as the Sun set, and their perfume filled the night in Númenor's royal city.

Soon after S.A. 3262, it was cut down at the instigation of Sauron and its wood was used to light the first flames in the fire of the new religion which worshipped Melkor.

However, the night before Isildur stole a fruit from the tree and planted it in secret. The fruit grew into a seedling that Isildur carried to Middle-earth with him during the Downfall of Númenor. That seedling was planted in Minas Ithil, and was destroyed before the end of the Second Age. Its seedling in turn grew into the first White Tree of Gondor.

Etymology

Nimloth is Sindarin for "White Blossom",[1] from nim ("white") + loth ("flower").[2]

Genealogy

 
 
 
Telperion
Destroyed by Morgoth and Ungoliant
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Galathilion on Túna
Made in the image of Telperion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Celeborn of Tol Eressëa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nimloth of Númenor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
First Tree of Gondor (Minas Ithil)
S.A. 3320 - 3429 (planted by Isildur)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Second Tree of Gondor (Minas Anor)
T.A. 2 - 1636 (planted by Isildur)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Third Tree of Gondor (Minas Tirith)
T.A. 1640 - 2872 (planted by Tarondor)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fourth Tree of Gondor (Minas Tirith)
Since T.A. 3019 (planted by Elessar)
 
 
 
 


References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names", entry "Nimloth (1)"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", entries nim, loth
Númenor
Andor · Atalantë · Elenna · Mar-nu-Falmar · Númenórë · Westernesse
Regions Andustar · Arandor · Emerië · Forostar · Hyarastorni · Hyarnustar · Hyarrostar · Kingsland · Mittalmar · Nísimaldar · Orrostar
Towns and cities Almaida · Andúnië · Armenelos · Eldalondë · Nindamos · Ondosto · Rómenna
Buildings Calmindon · Eämbar · King's Court · Temple · White House of Erendis
Natural features Bay of Eldanna · Bay of Rómenna · Firth of Rómenna · Meneltarma (mountain) · Nísinen (lake) · North Cape · Nunduinë (river) · Oromet (mountain) · Siril (river) · Sorontil (mountain) · Tarmasundar (ridges) · Tompollë
Plants and trees Fragrant Trees · Lairelossë · Laurinquë · Lavaralda · Nessamelda · Nimloth · Oiolairë · Taniquelassë · Vardarianna · Yavannamírë
Heirlooms Aranrúth · Bow of Bregor · Dramborleg · Elendilmir · Narsil · Palantíri · Ring of Barahir · Sceptre of Annúminas · Sceptre of Númenor · Tile and Textiles · Helmet
Concepts Adûnaic · Ban of the Valar · Council of the Sceptre · Downfall of Númenor · Númenórean Sindarin · Ruxöalë · Three Prayers (Eruhantalë · Erukyermë · Erulaitalë)
Key people Aldarion · Amandil · Elros (House of Elros) · Erendis · Faithful · Guild of Venturers · Isildur · Kings and Queens of Númenor · King's Men · Lords of Andúnië · Meneldur · Miriel · Palantir · Pharazôn · Sauron · Silmariën
Main texts The Silmarillion ("Akallabêth") · Unfinished Tales ("A Description of the Island of Númenor" · "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife" · "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor") · The Lord of the Rings ("Appendix A" · "Appendix B") · The Nature of Middle-earth ("Lives of the Númenóreans" · "Of the land and beasts of Númenor")