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In one letter, [[Tolkien]] explores the possibility that the [[Ents]] were "[[spirits|souls]]" that were sent to inhabit (animate) trees, or that became trees themselves.<ref>{{L|247}}</ref>
 
In one letter, [[Tolkien]] explores the possibility that the [[Ents]] were "[[spirits|souls]]" that were sent to inhabit (animate) trees, or that became trees themselves.<ref>{{L|247}}</ref>
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==Other mention==
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According to [[C.S. Lewis]], Tolkien once told him that historical people in a sense did not falsely claim to see "[[nymphs]] in the fountains and woods and dryads in the wood", since the the production of food was so connected to one's own land and territory: people came to internalise the nature surrounding them.<ref>[[C.S. Lewis]], ''[[The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 1]]'', letter from 1930</ref>
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==See also==
 
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Revision as of 22:26, 14 November 2021

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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Other mention

According to C.S. Lewis, Tolkien once told him that historical people in a sense did not falsely claim to see "nymphs in the fountains and woods and dryads in the wood", since the the production of food was so connected to one's own land and territory: people came to internalise the nature surrounding them.[4]


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References

  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)
  4. C.S. Lewis, The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 1, letter from 1930
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