Saturday, January 23, 2016

When the Forest becomes a Character in the book

 “A forest ecology is a delicate one. If the forest perishes, its fauna may go with it. The Athshean word for world is also the word for forest."   

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Word for World is Forest 

“Forest! They seek your trees to sleep among,
With their long sentences hung. Forest!”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

“Tree is a soldier, forest is an army! 
nd let us wish that all the battles 
against this army are lost!”   

Mehmet Murat ildan

“The cloudless day is richer at its close;
A golden glory settles on the lea;
Soft, stealing shadows hint of cool repose
To mellowing landscape, and to calming sea.

And in that nobler, gentler, lovelier light,
The soul to sweeter, loftier bliss inclines;
Freed form the noonday glare, the favour’d sight
Increasing grace in earth and sky divines.

But ere the purest radiance crowns the green,
Or fairest lustre fills th’ expectant grove,
The twilight thickens, and the fleeting scene
Leaves but a hallow’d memory of love!”

― H.P. Lovecraft

“I was conscious of that moment of stepping into the woods and leaving everything else behind. That one instant when all the sounds of people, of traffic, of doors opening and closing, were suddenly gone, swallowed up by trees and ferns. It was like a curtain falling on a stage, and I waited for that moment every time. My heart opened just a little bit wider."  

 Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Memoir

“Going up that river was like travelling back to the earliest beginnings of the world, when vegetation rioted on the earth and the big trees were kings. An empty stream, a great silence, an impenetrable forest. The air was warm, thick, heavy, sluggish. There was no joy in the brilliance of sunshine. The long stretches of the waterway ran on, deserted, into the gloom of overshadowed distances."  

Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness

1 comment:

Kurt Wilcken said...

There are a number of forests in Tolkien: Mirkwood, from The Hobbit; The Old Forest from Fellowship of the Ring, and of course Fangorn, whose namesake actually is a character in The Two Towers. Hoom hoom!