Trees have always been something more than just plants to the mankind. The
worship of trees might be forgotten, but still the symbol of tree survives in
our subconscious. Almost every nation has myths and legends about trees, placing
the tree as the central axis of the world, or worshipping it as a dwelling place
of gods or spirits, the giver of knowledge, connection between worlds or as
ancestors of the tribe. In Tolkien's world, the old legends echo strongly, and
trees have an important role, far beyond their value for wood, fruit and shade -
from the Two Trees, Ents, Old Man Willow to the White Tree of Gondor, they were
the givers of light, conscious beings, symbols...
Look out of the window, or go to the forest, and see the green leaves whispering
in the wind. Maybe you will be inspired for a story about Trees. You can write
about the trees of Mirkwood, and how they influenced Legolas, about the birches
that watched Aragorn's first meeting with Arwen or mallorns watching their
bethrothing. You can write about our heroes in the Old Forest or Fangorn, or
about the White Tree of Gondor. Remember that Aragorn or Legolas don't have to
be the main characters, but they should be mentioned in the story.
The deadline for this challenge is July 25th. Please send your stories and
questions to: teitho.contest@...