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Who has ever heard of Tree people?


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#1    HeathenRoyalty

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 01:56 AM

Anyone have any stories of Tree people? If so, tell me what you have.


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 02:08 AM

As in, people living in trees?

or like.....The Ents?

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 02:17 AM

More or less like the ents.


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 02:19 AM

Aside from skin diseases that makes the sufferer's skin have a bark like appearance, I can't say I have outside of some old mountain folk stories, or Tolkien

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 02:20 AM

except for the fact they don't talk.

So there are folk tales of tree people? Could you give me some links?


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 03:12 AM

It ain't much, but here you go:

http://www.mythencyc...ythology.html#b

Seems the trend is either mythical beings in trees, or trees being the very structure of the cosmos. Alas no tree people.



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 03:23 AM

Not that I know of man, I'm like 2 generations away from being some hatfeild-mccoy level hick.

the people I've talked to wouldnt know what to think of a computer.

so unless theres other stories like it, i doubt youll find these

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 03:29 AM

I only remember seeing actual plant-tree people in D&D and in LotR.

I do believe I've read myths of giants or trolls that look like trees due to plants and trees growing on them however. Mostly Norse myth and maybe Germanic also.

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 03:36 AM

Tolkien's Ents, unlike the dwarves, elves and other creatures, do not have a mythological background, as far as I know. However, there is rich folklore and mythology concerning spirits inhabiting trees, such as the greek dryads, or the spirits that inhabit certain trees in germanic mythology.


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 05:27 AM

Didn't Tolkien call them the tree elves?  Silvan folk?

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 05:37 AM

View Postand then, on 20 September 2013 - 05:27 AM, said:

Didn't Tolkien call them the tree elves?  Silvan folk?

Silvans were Elves that stayed in Middle-Earth after the race was originally called back to the home of their creators. They tended to stick to the woods but otherwise weren't linked to them in any particular manner.

And they sure as hell weren't baking cookies.

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 06:45 AM

Tree spirits, sometimes called 'Dryads', are ancient and venerable beings. Beneath their spreading green boughs a simple air of sacredness and stillness can be found. Even the deva of a small sapling, via the hive consciousness of all trees of which it is a tiny part, can be very wise & powerful. Although they can assume many forms, Dryads are often human-like, albeit sometimes much taller. Venerated by the Druids, Trees are perhaps the most powerful beings on the spiritual realm. When gathered together they form the sacred groves of antiquity, hallowed cathedrals of nature, where all living things may find their home.

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 04:50 PM

My grandpa told me tales of critters of the woods or wee folk when I was a toddler. Like wild men of the woods that were at one with the trees. I guess more like tree spirits than trees that are people. He also talked about trees able to grab men, or moss stones being forest watchers too. Not too sure if he just had a bunch of stories to keep me out of the woods, or if they were actual folklore he was recounting.


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 05:22 PM

Well this one's not so much a tree person as it is a man-eating tree, but there's the ya-te-veo said to live in Africa and Central America. Biologist J. W. Buel wrote about it in his 1889 book "Sea and Land". Not very believable, especially since there are pretty much no reports of it besides this.

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 05:46 PM

View PostHeathenRoyalty, on 20 September 2013 - 01:56 AM, said:

Anyone have any stories of Tree people? If so, tell me what you have.
Yeah, apparently there was a leprechaun in a tree (or a crack head).







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