There is no doubt that trees had a special place in Tolkien’s heart. In Middle-earth they whisper, they walk, and before Sun and Moon was made, two trees gave light to the world.
The forces of darkness, like Saruman and his orcs delight in cutting the woods down, but in Middle-earth the trees themselves can go to war, led by those most curious of Tolkiens creations: the shepherds of the trees.
Trees and Tolkien
Some of the most enchanted places in Tolkien’s world, like Lorien and Ithilien, were covered with woods. Where else find Galadriel and the heart of Elvendom than in a golden wood of mallorn trees?
And the elves were not the only ones who gave special significance to trees. The very symbol of the Numenorean culture is a White Tree. When Aragorn, whose name means ‘royal-tree’, ascends the throne of Gondor, a sapling of the White Tree is sought out and found.
It is therefore not surprising that when Tolkien set out to write an allegory about storytelling, he chose to compare a story with a Tree. Most fitting when considering how The Lord Of The Rings branches out as we move from the gardens of Bag End.
Join us this weekend in #thehallofire as we explore the topic of Tolkien and Trees.
June 7: Tooks and Brandybucks
June 14: What fascinates you most about LoTR and Middle-earth?
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