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Trees

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Trees of the Dark Forest by Colin C. Throm.

Trees were plentiful throughout Middle-earth and were very loved by Tolkien. There was also the race known as Ents, herders of the trees.

Inspiration

"During the first year of the boy’s [Tolkien’s] life Arthur Tolkien made a small grove of cypresses, firs, and cedars. Perhaps this had something to do with the deep love of trees that would develop in Ronald."
J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography

Trees were of special importance to Tolkien - in his short story "Leaf by Niggle", which in a sense was an elaborate allegory explaining his own creative process, the protagonist, Niggle, spends his life painting a single Tree.

See also