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Lord of The Rings: Rings of Power- What Are The Two Trees of Valinor

By Rishabh Shandilya
September 3,2022
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The heavenly heritage of the Two Trees of Valinor is not limited to The Rings of Power; it permeates The Lord of the Rings as well. A teaser for Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power depicts two historic lighting trees, one is golden and the other one is silver, rising tall above a picturesque terrain, suggesting that the high-budget TV series would sometimes delve farther back in time.

These magnificent works of creation are Telperion and Laurelin, often regarded as the Two Trees of Valinor.

What are The Two Trees of Valinor

Trees of Valinor Still from Rings of Power

Trees of Valinor Still from Rings of Power

Yavanna planted the Gold, and Silver Trees of Valinor and named them Telperion and Laurelin, and Nienna irrigated them with her weeping, making them the Two Trees of Valinor. The two trees bathed Valinor in its divine light but tragically were latest reduced to ashes by the Morgoth. The Valar were ethereal beings that Iluvatar fashioned from his own mind in order to build the material universe.

They formerly inhabited the world of Almaren, but one of them, the evil Melkor, eventually converted the kingdoms there to ash. After capturing him, the Valar relocated to Valinor, wherein one of them sang the Valar Trees into life so that they might shine brightness on the land.

Trees of Valinor

Trees of Valinor

Atop the hill Ezellohar, not far from Valinor, rose the legendary trees known as the Two Trees of Valinor. Every day consisted of twelve hours. After shining brightly for seven hours, the Silver Tree’s silver radiance began to dim throughout Valinor.

After that, the Gold Tree would open its branches and bathe the world in radiant warmth for the same period of time. During the hours when one light was setting while the other was ascending, overlapping to create twilight and dawn, nature was at its most breathtaking.

How The Tress of Valinor Were Destroyed

Morgoth and Ungoliant

Morgoth and Ungoliant

Melkor, in a fit of jealousy, plotted to obliterate the Two Trees with the assistance of Ungoliant, the mother of Shelob, a gigantic spider-like monster. Melkor, cloaked in darkness, speared each Tree, and the ravenous Ungoliant gobbled up their last shreds of energy and vitality.

Once more Yavanna hummed and Nienna grieved, but all they were able to do was to bring back the final blossom of Telperion (which became the Moon) and the penultimate berry of Laurelin (which became the Sun). A male spirit named Tilion and a girl spirit named Arien were tasked with these.

To capture part of the Light of the Trees, the Silmarils were crafted into breathtaking jewels. Feanor, King of the Noldor, had the three precious stones. Feanor declined the Valar’s request for the Silmarils when the Trees were withering and they needed them to revive the trees.

They then learned that they had been taken during the course of cutting down the Trees. After renaming Morgoth “Melkor,” Feanor became so angered and contemptuous of him that he drove his men into banishment and waged the War of the Jewels upon him.

Why Were The Two Trees of Valinor So Important

The Two Trees of Valinor Fanart

The Two Trees of Valinor Fanart

After the dews of the Two Trees were used to make the constellations for the welfare of the Elves, middle-earth stood in complete and utter darkness as there wasn’t any other source of light. As it turns out, the Two Trees had the most impact on the three Elven envoys who were sent to Valinor to persuade their people to relocate there.

Thingol’s quest for fulfillment in the form of the radiance he glimpses in Melian’s face is considered to have been the driving force for his participation in the Great Journey. Also in the future, the Elves will be split between both the Calaquendi, who had experienced knowledge and nearly ecstasy in the light of the Trees, as well as the Moriquendi, who did not.

Galadriel In Rings of Power

Galadriel In Rings of Power

According to The Silmarillion, those who were fortunate enough to see the Two Trees of Valinor gained strength, knowledge, and grandeur, practically as if they had been anointed. In The Lord of the Rings, Galadriel is among the few elves still alive who can recall sighting Laurelin as well as Telperion in their full grandeur.

For this reason, Galadriel is held in the highest regard even among her fellow elves, and her magic is considered to be powerful even by elf standards.