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Isildur steals the fruit of the White Tree (estimated date)

Event Type: Artifacts

Age: Akallabêth/Last Alliance

Date: November 1, 3267

Description:

Isildur sneaks into Armenelos to save a fruit of Nimloth, the doomed White Tree of Númenor:
And Sauron urged the King to cut down the White Tree, Nimloth the Fair, that grew in his courts....

[When] Amandil heard rumour of the evil purpose of Sauron he was grieved to the heart, knowing that in the end Sauron would surely have his will. Then he spoke to Elendil and the sons of Elendil, recalling the tale of the Trees of Valinor; and Isildur said no word, but went out by night and did a deed for which he was afterwards renowned. For he passed alone in disguise to Armenelos and to the courts of the King, which were now forbidden to the Faithful; and he came to the place of the Tree, which was forbidden to all by the orders of Sauron, and the Tree was watched day and night by guards in his service. At that time Nimloth was dark and bore no bloom, for it was late in the autumn, and its winter was nigh; and Isildur passed through the guards and took from the Tree a fruit that hung upon it, and turned to go. But the guard was aroused, and he was assailed, and fought his way out, receiving many wounds; and he escaped, and because he was disguised it was not discovered who had laid hands on the Tree. But Isildur came at last hardly back to Rómenna and delivered the fruit to the hands of Amandil, ere his strength failed him. Then the fruit was planted in secret, and it was blessed by Amandil; and a shoot arose from it and sprouted in the spring. But when its first leaf opened then Isildur, who had lain long and come near to death, arose and was troubled no more by his wounds.

The Silmarillion, Akallabêth


Notes
The date is an estimate, set to represent the late autumn following the event Sauron persuades Ar-Pharazôn to destroy the White Tree.

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 15Nov05

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