The longing that trees might have the ability to defend themselves had weighed heavily on Tolkien since his schooldays. His childhood disappointment, on reaching the climax of Macbeth, that ‘Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane Hill’ was only a play on words, disappointed him deeply. ‘I longed to devise a setting by which the trees might really march to war,’ he said. And that is what he did.
To be published by Oloris Publishing on the 18th November