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Ancalimë (Tree)

Type: Plants

Other Names: the white Elven-tree

Ancalimë [...] The name was [...] given by Aldarion to the tree from Eressëa that he planted in Armenelos

Unfinished Tales, Index

Thus the Eldar graced the wedding of Erendis [...]

Many gifts the Eldar brought [...]. To Aldarion they gave a sapling tree, whose bark was snow-white, and its stem straight, strong and pliant as it were of steel; but it was not yet in leaf. "I thank you," said Aldarion to the Elves. "The wood of such a tree must be precious indeed."

"Maybe; we know not," said they. "None has ever been hewn. It bears cool leaves in summer, and flowers in winter. It is for this that we prize it." [...]

Aldarion and Erendis [...] rode back at last to Armenelos; for there by the King's wish his Heir would dwell, and a house was prepared for them amidst a garden of trees. There the Elven-tree was planted...

Unfinished Tales, Part 2, Ch 2, Aldarion and Erendis

[Aldarion] gathered men in Rómenna and brought them to Armenelos. There he bade some fell all the trees, save one, in his garden, and take them to the shipyards; others he commanded to raze his house to the ground. The white Elven-tree alone he spared; and when the woodcutters were gone he looked at it, standing amid the desolation, and he saw for the first time that it was in itself beautiful. In its slow Elven growth it was yet but twelve feet high, straight, slender, youthful, now budded with its winter flowers upon upheld branches pointing to the sky. It recalled to him his daughter, and he said: "I will call you also Ancalimë. May you and she stand so in long life, unbent by wind or will, and unclipped!"

Unfinished Tales, Part 2, Ch 2, Aldarion and Erendis

Contributors: Tanaqui 14Nov05

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