1. The Fourth Tree
It is I, Telperion, unfolding once more, pushing my dicots up from the strong earth into the fair sky.
Quaking with joy I grow, oh a stem and true leaves, yes, that was Yavanna's plan for me and what pleasure to fulfill it! Yet, something doesn't seem quite right.
This ground in which I grow, it is rocky. This is not the rich tilth of the summermound. Where am I? Yavanna, Yavanna, where am I? Why do you not reply? Why do you not come?
I grow, but more slowly. I learn the name of my forsaken place from the stones: Mindolluin. Painstakingly, I push out a strong stem and more leaves. I am not who I thought myself, not even the child or the grandchild of that one; I shall not shine and even as my roots probe the earth below me, I am aggrieved.
One comes now who knows what I might have been, Olorin, take me home!
He does, but home is only a courtyard with slightly richer earth than my birthplace.
What I might have been is lost because of where I am planted.
I shall be a faithful tree. I shall not nurse my resentments. But if I had been taken back to Valinor I would have shone though not as brightly as my foremother. Since I am left here, Aman shall not know my special light.
My love is given to those around me, to the Kings of Gondor and their people. The Valar have forsaken me, but I shall not forsake Gondor. Because of where I am planted, I may not cast light, but I will cast luck and hope. Yes, you who are near me shall have better fortune than I.
So be it.
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