Tolkien’s Favorite Tree Was Felled

It is no secret that J.R.R. Tolkien loved trees. In an interview he admitted that he had always wanted to know what it was like to be a tree. Since watching that interview, I have come to imagine Fangorn as a woody version of J.R.R. Tolkien!

Unfortunately, his favorite tree (a Black Pine  at the Oxford University Botanic Garden) was destroyed by a storm early this year and had to be chopped down. Below is a link to a video showing what happened to the tree.  I actually find it a bit painful/uncomfortable to watch because of how old the tree was (it was at least 200 years old) and its sentimental significance to Tolkien, so watch at your own risk.

http://www.oxfordtoday.ox.ac.uk/culture/videos-podcasts-galleries/giant-falls-tolkien%E2%80%99s-tree

 

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Tolkien’s Favorite Tree Was Felled

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s