Years of the Trees

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A map of , courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Arda (
A map of Aman, courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Arda (

In J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium, the Years of the Trees are one of the three great time-periods of Arda. They follow the Years of the Lamps and precede the First Age of the Years of the Sun, and are known to comprise several Ages. Their precise length is not known, but may be inferred to be about 10,500 years.

Shortly after the destruction of the Two Lamps, Yavanna made the Two Trees, named Telperion (the silver tree) and Laurelin (the golden tree) in the land of Aman, where the Valar now lived. The Trees illuminated Aman, leaving Middle-earth in darkness, save the light of the stars.

The Elves awoke in Cuivinen in the middle of Middle-earth, and were soon approached by Orom of the Valar; and by Melkor. Many, though not all, of the Elves were persuaded to go with Orom on the Great Journey westwards towards Aman. Along the journey several groups of Elves tarried, notably the Nandor and the Sindar. The three clans that arrived at Aman were the Vanyar, oldor and the Teleri.

The Valar had captured Melkor and placed him in chains in Aman. After he appeared to repent and was released, he sowed great discord among the Elves, and stirred up rivalry between the oldorin King Finw's two sons Fëanor and Fingolfin. With the help of Ungoliant, he slew Finw and stole the Silmarils, three gems crafted by Fenor that contained light of the Two Trees, from his vault, and destroyed the Trees of the Valar themselves.

Bitter at the Valar's inactivity, Fenor and his house left to pursue Melkor, cursing him with the name 'Morgoth'. A larger host, following Fingolfin followed. They reached the Teleri's port-city, Alqualond, and were forbidden to use the Teleri's boats to get to Middle-earth. The first Kinslaying thus ensued. And a curse was put on the house of the Noldor forever.

Fenor's host sailed on the boats, leaving Fingolfin's behind — who crossed over to Middle-earth on the Helcarax or Grinding Ice in the far north, losing many.


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