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The other night I was watching The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug (of course I was), specifically the scene in Mirkwood where Bilbo climbs the tree to gain his bearings. I was noticing the beauty of the shot and how vast Mirkwood is. I also realized that I expected the leaves on the trees to be dark green, maybe even greenish to purplish, but that’s beside the point.
At that point I realized that most of the fantasy novels I have read have had one vastly huge and impenetrable forest.
- Obviously in the Middle Earth novels there’s the Greenwood—which becomes Mirkwood due to the influence of Sauron and Ungoliant’s descendants. (x)
- Then in the Harry Potter series there’s the forbidden forest. Since Hogwarts is un-plottable, we really have no idea how big the forbidden forest is, but all evidence believes us to believe it is pretty large. (x)
- Next, in the Inheritance Cycle there’s Du Weldenvarden, a magical forest so vast and so powerfully protected that Galbatorix has never been able to find Ellesméra (not to mention Sílthrim or any of the other elven cities). (x)
- In the Kingkiller Chronicle, we have the Eld. This forest is so deep that no one has ever mapped it completely. It is bordered by scant civilization, and is a place where at least one member of the Chandrian (Cinder), bandits, and the faen folk (or at least Felurian) run rampant. (x)
- In the Chronicles of Narnia, there are many forests, but I would say the one that I think fits most is probably the Western Woods, since that’s where lantern waste (and therefore the wardrobe and the largest entrance to the human world) is. We aren’t sure how far this forest extends either, since the trees have always turned into fur coats upon entry back into the human world. But due to both the danger and the wonder that Lucy experiences when she first enters the Western Woods, I’d say this is probably the main magical forest. (x)
This is just a start to what I’m sure could be a formidable list. Any other fantastic forests worthy of note?
Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.
George R.R. Martin (via faerypotter)
Fingolfin challenges Morgoth in The Silmarillion.
"The Tree Of Life is derived from old Celtic customs, forests of the old world were vast covering whole countries. When a tribe would clear land for a settlement they would always leave one tree in the center, to them this was called in irish "crann bethadh" Tree Of Life. Trees touch all three realms of existence, the heavens with branches, the underworld or spirit world with roots and the mortal world with their trunks."
via Ancient Celts