I must have missed something--but "nature guardians" in contemporary
fantasy? I can think of a couple depending on what you mean by contemporary.
Authors still living, or living into the 1960s or so? That work for
people? I know there are many. Specifics elude me, and of course my books
are still in boxes. I can get to them now, at least, mostly. But it's not
the same as having them on shelves to scan. Whine, whine.
Maybe I will have to dig later, when I find something to occupy the kids.
Four days, no school, whee.
But Robert Jordan (UGH!!!!!!!) in the first book mimics Tolkien with a
"Green Man" in the north. And Stephen Donaldson's forestals. These are both
now over 10 years old. I can think of some others from the 70s, but that
would probably be stretching contemporary a bit. >>
lol I like a person with an opinion. Why don't you like Robert Jordan?
lol I haven't read any of his work yet myself. Donaldson's forestals are
in what? The UrLord books, whatever they are called again? It's been a
long time since I've read them, and even if more are coming out I'm not
rushing to reread them.
I don't see that having a Green Man is mimicking Tolkien, unless the
details pan out to be like Tom Bombadil. In fact, it almost seems to me
that Tolkien went to some pains to have Bombadil, consciously or not, NOT
be a vegetation deity. He's a real character, Bombadil is. Or did you
mean Fangorn? Either way, I see them as different from generic Green Men,
but I could be completely wrong. It's happened.
Elizabeth Apgar Triano
amor vincit omnia