The Annotated LotR - The Old Forest

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Postby Parkingtigers » Tue Mar 01, 2005 6:52 pm

He lifted his heavy eyes and saw leaning over him a huge willow-tree, old and hoary.

Tolkien left behind a drawing of Old Man Willow, labeled as such. It is published in the collection J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator, edited by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull.

http://www.diar.ru/tolkien/pictures/pbjrrt/willowm.jpg


That link now appears to be password protected, it won't show for me. A shame, because I wanted to see Tolkien's drawing. Anyone else got a link to this picture?

[Edit: Doh! It's very late here, reading the prompt box again I was able to figure out that I needed to enter the word "Tolkien" in as both username and password to view the picture.]
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Postby roaccarcsson » Fri May 13, 2005 5:02 pm

Behind them the great cracks gaped wide to receive them as the tree swayed and creaked.

According to Humphrey Carpenter’s biography of Tolkien (p. 160), Michael Tolkien as a child, when on walks with the family, would hide in cracks in the bark of an old willow that grew on the bank of the River Cherwell. It seems likely that this was the same tree that Tolkien drew.
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