by Glen Swartwout
Wood elves enjoy the remote reaches of deep rainforest, while wood hobbits rarely stray very far from comfort of the The Shire, but prefer to inhabit the cool forest edges. These Middle Earth dwellers are caretakers of forest glen and glade… they take care in how they interact with the trees and the other creatures of the wood… And even help restore the forest magic, nearly visible amongst the ferns, moss and faerie rings, which can entice the return of the Mu.
Sometimes humans or even an occasional orc make their way into the forest, and one can tell where they have passed. They use machetes to slash their way through the underbrush, wasting no time and taking no care to leave the forest in better shape than they found it. Saplings slashed carelessly to a point create a weaponized forest terrain, where one slip on a wet guava root could be deadly. That is why the hobbits and elves, when they cut a tree, cut it flush with the ground with a limb saw. One can even step on the remaining stump by chance and not realize it. No pain. No danger. No harm. Read the rest of this entry