The Two Trees of Valinor Explained in 'The Rings of Power'

The Two Trees of Valinor Explained in 'The Rings of Power' ...

The following article contains spoilers for Episode 1 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

The first episode of The Rings of Power takes place in the Second Age of Arda, the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien. These are two gigantic trees that appear in Valinor, the Lost Land near Middle-earth, where Morgoth is also revealed to be at the start of the First Dark Lord's quest.

The Rings of Powers will be available on Prime Video shortly, although those who have only seen the movies developed by Peter Jackson may be confused. After all, Tolkien's lore is vast and rich with significant events long before the world ever heard of Frodo Baggins.

Let There Be Light in Valinor

The Valar descended to Arda (the world of Middle-earth) and began to shape the world, they were followed by Melkor, a Vala who defied the will of Iluvatar, the One God, and corrupted every beauty his siblings attempted to create. Illuin, the silver lamp, was placed in the north of Middle-earth, while Ormal, the golden one, was placed in the south. Arda was never created night and day, as the only light available was from the

Melkor, who would later be renamed Morgoth, destroyed the lamps, spreading their fire across Middle-earth. Distressed by the evil things Melkor released, the Valar left Middle-earth, forging a new kingdom in Aman, a continent to the West. The Valar's lands were known as Valinor, a holy kingdom protected from all evil, which resulted in the creation of the Two Trees.

The Trees of Valinor were brought to life by Yavanna, the Lady of the Earth, a Vala who loved the flowers the most. Like the lost lamps, each Tree of Valinor shone bright with seven hours of daylight, while the second Tree, Laurelin, shone with bright gold.

Darkness Consumes All

Melkor sought the assistance of Ungoliant, an ancient being made of Darkness that would resemble a giant spider in The Return of the King. So, when Melkor attacked Valinor, he pierced each husk with a spear, allowing Ungoliant to devour the Trees of Valinor's sap, causing them to burn for several days. Both Trees of Valinor were then destroyed.

Yavanna sang to resurrect the Valinor Trees with her voice, and Nienna wet the soil beneath them with her tears. However, Telperion and Laurelin gave birth to one last flower, and the Valar gave birth to one final fruit. To ensure that Arda's light would forever shine upon him, the Valar decided to bring this last flower and fruit to the skies in massive vessels created by Aule, the Smith, one of the Valar.

Telperions flower became the Moon, while Laurelins fruit became the Sun. Each light source is carried over the skies by a Maia, a kind of divinity that Melkor was unable to deceive and who gladly accepted the task of slamming Laurelins fruit in the sky to spite the Enemy. The Moon is carried by Tilion, a loyal servant of Orome, the Huntsman, one of the Vala who most disliked Melkor.

The Trees of Valinor's story explains why we have day and night cycles, because Arien and Tilion would guard the Sun and the Moon while their vessels navigate the skies.

The first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power are now available on Prime Video. New episodes are released every Friday.