A Candle for Treebeard

 

Long time Tolkien fan here

 

Over thirty-years ago

bought a “tree man” candleholder with

crystal eyes to flicker light

tree-like moustaches, beard, eyebrows

broken-looking nose

dark brown-orange texturing

roots to help him stand

 

Just as I imagined Treebeard in The Two Towers

 

Hung onto him carefully over the years

became the subject of drawings and lino-prints

lit up rooms, then

gathered dust on book shelves, or

packed away while I lived in Africa

 

Now employing him yet again in a

high school classroom to

show imagination and light

 

TR

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