JRR Tolkien:

Tree Friend

By Jim Linwood [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Professor Tolkien was known to frequently comment that the internal combustion engine was the greatest evil visited upon modern man. He was not enamoured of technology. He despaired over the reckless upheaval and destruction of nature in pursuit of gain. In his novel, The Lord of the Rings, there are malicious trees. However, he does not credit the trees themselves as being evil; he instead illustrates that they are corrupted by the evil spreading through Middle Earth. Lands which are barren of trees are places from which evil operates. Charecters who love and respect trees are on the side of good; those who destroy the trees of Middle Earth to fuel the fires of industry are on the side of evil.
His love of trees is most evident in the charecter of Treebeard. Treebeard in an Ent, a shepard of the forest. Ents, of which Treebeard is the chieftain, have the responsibility of keeping trees safe, and to keep them from harming the innocent in these troubled times. Fangorn Forest, Treebeard's ancient home, has been mistreated by devious Orcs in the service of the power-hungry wizard, Saruman. In fact, when Treebeard first meets the hobbits Merry and Pippin in Sir Peter Jackson's film adaption of the novel, he mistakes them for "little orcs".
Professor Tolkien's love of trees and all the creations of nature made him non-violent. However, it is obvious in his writings that, as Samwise Gamgee says in the film adaption of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, "There is some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for!". Without a doubt, his books make it clear that trees are assuredly worth fighting for. The ents are roused by the mistreatment of the trees, and they march upon Isengard, where the wizard Saruman ravages all available natural resources to create the armor and weapons needed by his orcs in war. C Rogers [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The ents destroy the dam that Saruman built to harness the power of the River Isen, dousing the fires in the smithies. In the days after this great battle, Treebeard makes note that the evil visited upon this land will wash away, and that eventually trees will return to live there. This reminds us that despite all we do the Earth, be it Middle Earth, or our own Earth, Nature will, one way or the other renew itself.

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