The revelation that Shakespeare’s MacBeth influenced Tolkien’s Ents does not disappoint me in anyway. Personally, I always find it very interesting to learn more about the things that inspired Tolkien, and helped influence his creation of Middle Earth, or I should say Ea in general.
Even though the idea of walking trees so to speak was not originally his, I still feel like Tolkien’s creation of the Ents is still most definitely his own invention. Tolkien took that idea to a whole new level. To me, what Tolkien’s Ents stand for, who they are, and what they represent is radically different from the idea that was at work in MacBeth.
"I would have the Ring-bearer bring the crown to me, and let Mithrandir set it upon my head, if he will; for he has been the mover of all that has been accomplished, and this is his victory." Elessar