---"Croft, Janet B." <jbcroft@...> wrote:
> Dinah Hazell's (yes, that's correct!) The Plants of Middle-earth doesn't say much about hazel - just that it was said to have magical and protective powers and was used for wands. Also a symbol of fertility, and associated with knowledge and immortality, and thus suitable for association with elves. (page 29)
Thanks, Janet! I should have thought to check Hazell's book. I see that she mentions the third hazel scene I listed, and writes, "Whether by chance (if chance it was) or design, Tolkien chose a perfect plant companion for the meeting of rustic hobbits and shimmering Elves on the brink of their worlds." The other two scenes make "design" seem a bit likelier, but only in LOTR -- the Narn features a meeting in a hazel thicket of a rather different nature.
>> From: Merlin DeTardo
>> Subject: Re: Digital Tolkien. And hazel?
>>what significance would hazels have had for Tolkien? In LOTR, they appear, so far as I know, only in conjunction with elves:
>> 1. "Three Is Company", as the hobbits follow Gildor to their hall:
>> 2. "Flight to the Ford", as Glorfindel is heard approaching:
>> 3. "The Grey Havens", just before Frodo and Sam meet Elrond: