Thursday, February 3, 2011
We started to talk about this a little bit in class today, but I find it interesting that all of the forests in both The Hobbit and the LOTR, seem to be personified as evil. In the Hobbit, Mirkwood is very sinister and full of dark creatures. Already in FotR, we see that the Old Forest attacks the hobbits. And later on, Fangorn is always portrayed as evil and dark, and people want to avoid it. I wonder why this is. The trees are like a whole other people group in the story (in the same way that Tolkien personified animals). This might just be in the movie, but I know that Treebeard said something to the effect of: "We aren't on any side, because no one is on our side. No one cares for the trees anymore." So, maybe it is an environmental sort of message that we need to care for the trees, but it's an interesting topic to think about.