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Rhetoric II The Lord of the Rings 25 October 2013 J.R.R. Tolkien’s work The Lord of the Rings consistently depicts nature as a reflection of the history and cultures associated with different settings. As Frodo, Sam, and the rest of the Fellowship carry out their journey, they encounter several different forests, including the Old Forest, Lothlórien, and Fangorn Forest. Tolkien’s descriptions of the forests develop a sense of their significance in Middle-earth as they encompass the different cultures represented in the fight against evil. In Cynthia M. Cohen’s essay “The Unique Representation of Trees in The Lord of the Rings ”, she states that Tolkien enables “his readers to see trees. . . in a vivid, new light” by “making trees. . . significant in the narrative” (“Trees” 119). Cohen specifically discusses the role of Primary World trees—trees that appear to do nothing out of the usual but which Tolkien pays close attention to the details of their colors and behaviors. Tolkien idealizes trees as a way to establish their importance and significance, not only with regards to their ability to illuminate the characteristics of the different cultures in Middle-earth, but also in their ability to create unique atmospheres that develop and change the Company in important ways. Tolkien’s descriptions of the appearances of various Primary Trees reflects the significance of different cultures and histories within Middle-earth.
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