"Song of Gold". Laurelin was the younger of the Two Trees of Valinor, and she had bore leaves of a spring green, like a newly-unfurled beech tree. Their edges were of glittering gold. Flowers amassed on her branches like clusters of yellow flame, forming glowing horns of bloom that spilled a golden rain upon the ground. From the blossom of the tree came forth warmth and a great light.

Her rain was hoarded by Varda in great vats like shining lakes, and they were to all of the land of the Valar like wells of water and of light. Arien tended to her golden flowers, as because she was a fire spirit, she did not fear the heats of Laurelin, and remained unhurt by them.

Laurelin was also known as Malinalda and Culúrien. She was the second of the Trees to come to flower, starting to bloom around the sixth hour, and finishing at the twelfth hour.

After the despoiling of the trees by Melkor and Ungoliant, Laurelin gave forth one last golden fruit, which the Valar moulded into the vessel of the Sun.

Both Galadriel and Idril were said to have hair lit with gold as though it had caught sparkles of the radiance of Laurelin.
Encyclopedia entry originally written by atalante_star