Tolkien, Ents, and World War One

I have not yet read John Garth’s Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-Earth or Janet Brennan Croft’s War and the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien, but I want to. It’s less an interest in Tolkien than the greater subject of World War One’s influence on fantastic literature.

But now, after listening to a BBC podcast on the subject of wood in the Great War, both as an artistic symbol and as a practical material, I’m wondering specifically about how much of his conception of Ents derives from his war experience.

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