Thread: The Ents
Even though the idea of walking trees so to speak was not originally his, I still feel like Tolkienís creation of the Ents is still most definitely his own invention. Tolkien took that idea to a whole new level. To me, what Tolkienís Ents stand for, who they are, and what they represent is radically different from the idea that was at work in MacBeth.
Of course I suppose someone can probably go back to Grecian Drama or the Sanskrit Tablets and find something that is comparable to an Ent, but until such time as they do, I'll watch.
Shakesphere wishedd he could make live trees as good as da ents!! Tolkien had a spectacular vision 4 da ents. And oz has nothing 2 do wik LOTR cause da trees weren't mobile.
Shakesphere. LOL. I like that name. I don't think he was that fat at all. Shakesphere!
Anyways, getting back to te point. Whether Tolkien invented the Ents or not they are the most intelligent beings that have ever been created in any story. But yes...I'm still confused as to the birth of Ents. It is not explained very nicely in either of LOTR or the Silmarillion! Does anyone here know?
i think they originated shortly before the 1st age.
Didn't Yavanna create them? As an answer to Aule's creation of the Dwarves? Besides these wonderful treehearders... don't you love how they were portrayed in the movies? Any ideas where the entwives may have went?
There were going to be giant Eagles to watch over the animals and they would live in Aule's trees, the mountains. And there would also be treeherds to watch over her plants. This would be until the Elves left and the Men inherited their dominion. Or at least this is my summary of the ending of The Silmarillion's Chapter 2.
I once had an Engish Prof. who essentially maintained that literary critics are in agreement that everything from the Aenied to the Divine Comedy to Huck Finn to On the Road were just "Odyssey Redux" the one exception being the critics that held the Odyssey was just a rewrite of the still new (to modern scholars) Epic of Gilgamesh. Comparisons are inevitable, but the appearance of Elves in both Middle-Earth and Xanth don't make them derivative on one another.