The Connection Between The Rings Of Power’s Númenor And The Lord Of The Rings’ Gondor Explained

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Tolkien was a nut for family trees and complex lineages — the guy literally traced a direct line from Elros, the first king of Númenor, directly to Aragorn, who lives over six thousand years later. Characters like Elrond and Galadriel also have intricately detailed and complex familial connections. And yes, the author also applied this emphasis on lineage to his trees, too — and we’re not referencing Ents here (in fact, they’re surprisingly underdeveloped as far as family structure goes). We’re talking about the White Tree of Númenor, a tree called Nimloth.

“The Silmarillion” describes the genesis of Nimloth in typically name-heavy Tolkienian language, saying that Elves would visit Númenor from Valinor away in the West early in the island’s history, and they would bring gifts. “And a seedling they brought of Celeborn, the White Tree that grew in the midst of Eressëa, and that was in its turn a seedling of Galathilion the Tree of Túna, the image of Telperion that Yavanna gave to the Eldar in the Blessed Realm.” Without going into too much detail, this description traces the ancestry of that White Tree directly back to the silvery glowing tree that provides light for Valinor (and which Morgoth destroys at the beginning of “The Rings of Power” prologue). In other words, it has a pedigree that even Treebeard would be jealous of.

Eventually, Nimloth’s existence is threatened through a series of events that we won’t specify to avoid too many spoilers. Before anything bad happens, though, none other than our boy Isildur sneaks onto the palace grounds and steals one of its fruits, saving the hallowed arboreal family tree in the process.

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