Knight of the Fountain Court guarding the White Tree
Knight of the Fountain Court guarding the White Tree

White Tree

White Tree of Gondor stands as a symbol of Gondor in the Court of the Fountain in Minas Anor. The White Tree also appears as a motif upon Gondor's flag and throughout its heraldry combined with the seven stars of the House of Elendil. It is counted among the Seven Relics of Westernesse.

The first White Tree of Gondor came from a fruit that Isildur, at great personal risk, managed to steal from Nimloth the Fair, the White Tree of Númenor, before it was destroyed at Sauron's insistence. He suffered many wounds at this mission, and he came near death, but when the first leaf opened in the spring, Isildur was healed of his wounds.

This sapling was brought to Middle-earth on Isildur's ship, and it was eventually planted in Minas Ithil before the house of Isildur. But when Sauron returned to Middle-earth, he launched a sudden attack that captured Minas Ithil and destroyed the White Tree.

Isildur escaped the capture of Minas Ithil, taking with him a sapling to Minas Anor where it was planted in the citadel courtyard in memory of his slain brother Anárion. This tree died in 1636 during the Great Plague.

A third sapling was planted in III 1640 by king Tarondor.

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