The Two Trees of Valinor are contrasting and complementary and they seem to be typologically oriented to the two races of The Children of Ilúvatar. Telperion is the elder. He is silver, and one of his flowers eventually becomes the Moon. Laurelin is gold, and one of her fruits eventually becomes the Sun. It is the emergence of the Sun that awakens Men, whereas the Elves awoke under starlight, and thus the Moon “cherishes their memory” (99).