With Arbor Day tomorrow, we asked around at Fellowship of Fantasy to find out which fantasy trees are our authors' favorites. Their responses were varied and we discovered some new trees we hadn't heard of before. Be sure to comment below with your favorite trees and join us in the #FellowshipofFun hashtag game.
Update - It was pointed out to us privately that Arbor Day is actually in April. We did some looking to confirm and it turns out that officially, Arbor Day is in fact the last Friday in April. That said, many states in the US and other countries have various dates and weeks they celebrate their trees. So really, any day could be Arbor Day, right? Go enjoy a tree today, and read a good book while you're at it. And thank you readers for being on top of things. We appreciate you.
N. W. Moors
"This is a picture of a Rowan Tree that I took in Ireland. Rowans are fairy trees and no one in the Celtic lands will cut them down. Farmers plow around them, roads are built away from them, and so on, as it is bad luck to cut down a Rowan Tree. "
D. G. Driver
"I'm kind of partial to the ancient tree spirit that resides in an Old Growth Red Cedar tree in my own novel Whisper of the Woods.
"As far as one from a well-known fantasy, I'm going with the Whomping Willow Tree at Hogwarts."
H. L. Burke
"I love the scene at the end of the Return of the King where Gandalf takes Aragorn for a walk and they find the seedling for the long dead White Tree of Gondor.
"There's just a great sense of history and symbolism about it, and Aragorn was my idealized hero type ... I blame him for my obsession with tall guys.
"Plus I have it on a T-shirt."
The Whomping Willow outside Hogwarts. It's like a guard dog, but easier to care for, as long as ridiculous students don't insist upon driving flying cars into it.
Jessica L. Elliott
"I'm rather enamored right now with the incredible trees of Shenivarthol Wood in my WIP, Leaving Shenivarthol. They are tall and strong, not to mention incredibly beautiful with opal glimmering through cracks in the bark. The woods have been home to the unicorns of Sanalbereth for centuries.
"As far as recognized fantasy worlds, I've always wanted to visit the mallorn trees from Lord of the Rings."
Lelia J. Foreman
"Barely qualifying as sentient, the Siij are a blight on all they come in contact with. The Siij straddle the line between animal and plant. Though they are free thinking and mobile, they grow from a rooted, tree-like queen. They are birthed from pods that grow on her limbs, dropping to the ground when they are ready to hatch."