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Dryads

Dryads, or spirits of the wood, were creatures only mentioned fleetingly in linguistic writings. Their Elvish names were tavaro or tavaron (masc. sing.) and tavaril (fem. sing.), derived from the root TÁWAR ("wood, forest").[1][2]

In one letter, Tolkien explores the possibility that the Ents were "souls" that were sent to inhabit (animate) trees, or that became trees themselves.[3]

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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 391
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Entu, Ensi, Enta Declension" (edited by Christopher Gilson), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 36, July 1994, p. 13
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 247, (dated 20 September 1963)
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