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Morthoron
Gondor


Jan 27 2013, 8:35pm

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Trees indeed... [In reply to] Can't Post

Tolkien often refers to the "roots of the mountains", that are gnawed at by unspeakable creatures:


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"Far, far below the deepest delvings of the Dwarves, the world is gnawed by nameless things."


Treebeard uses the "roots" analogy as well:


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...we are near the roots of the Last Mountain. Part of the name of this place might be Wellinghall, if it were turned into your language.


The actual term "roots of the mountains" is quite ancient and found in biblical text. A closer literary inspiration might possibly be William Morris' book The Roots of the Mountains (and its prequel The House of the Wolfings), which Tolkien read and claimed was influential in his own work.

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(This post was edited by Morthoron on Jan 27 2013, 8:35pm)


Plurmo
Rohan

Jan 28 2013, 5:57am

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Yes, mountains have roots and trees have hearts. [In reply to] Can't Post

Therefore it is also fitting that there could be found a "heart of the mountain" (like the Arkenstone) in a "tree of Aulė." In Middle-earth there is life everywhere indeed.

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