Oh, how I wish I could pop right into one of the tales. Can't you see me as a hobbit? I would positively make a hunky dory hobbit-- and not just because of lack of stature and a fondness for second breakfast-- but because I would be right at home in the rustically rural cozy Shire. So bucolic! So verdant! My garden would be out of this world!
Seeking the sources of crystal clear streams.
Seeking out hidden waterfalls and secret meadows. And communing with Treebeard the Ent. Ah, my soul would soar...
I've always felt a connection to Fangorn Forest and imagined it so vividly that I was surprised to find that there are no major descriptions of Fangorn Forest in the book. Just little snippets here and there. E always includes evocative descriptions from the book in her Locus Focus posts-- So what to do?
Suddenly before them the hobbits saw a wide opening. Two great trees stood there... like living gate-posts; but there was no gate save their crossing and interwoven branches... Beyond them was a wide level space, as though the floor of a great hall had been cut in the side of the hill. On either hand the walls sloped upwards, until they were fifty feet high or more, and along each wall stood an aisle of trees that also increased in height as they marched inward.
At the far end, the rock-fall was sheer, but at the bottom it had been hollowed back into a shallow bay with an arched roof... A little stream escaped from the springs above, and... fell tinkling down the sheer face of the wall, pouring in silver drops, like a fine curtain in front of the arched bay. The water was gathered again into a stone basin in the floor between the trees, and thence it spilled and flowed away beside the open path, out to rejoin the Entwash.
And so my first Locus Focus draws to a close.
Hello? Are you still here?
Good, because I'm about to reveal a deep dark secret and wouldn't want you to miss it. Here it is:
Anything Middle-earth transports me. I could talk about it for hours. I may even be a Tolkien geek.
Thank you, Enbrethiliel, for hosting a Locus Focus Middle-earth Day!
And don't forget: Havens can be found in unlikely places...
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