Tom Hillman points out an embarrassing omission in the post about forests:
you're missing one. https://t.co/SUlKr2iNjW
— tom hillman (@alas_not_me) July 29, 2016
Of course, I left out the Forest of Drúadan. It’s unique in LotR, in that trees are the only species Tolkien mentions there. (Not counting the grass in the Woses’ skirts.) It’s just a place where things happen. The other forests Olga and I talked about are much more than that. They’re practically characters in the story. Drúadan seems more like the old-growth American forests that we saw in The Last of the Mohicans: Large trees, well spaced, with not much undergrowth.
So there’s another question for me to think about: Is the Forest of Drúadan so bland because JRRT has a battle to get to, and has no time for dawdling? Or is the forest really a tamed human habitation, between being used as a quarry by the Men of Gondor, and continuously inhabited by Woses?