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Dryads, or spirits of the wood, were creatures only mentioned fleetingly in linguistic writings. Their Elvish names were tavaro or tavaron (masc. sing.) and tavaril (fem. sing.), derived from the root TÁWAR ("wood, forest").[1][2]

In one letter, Tolkien explores the possibility that the Ents were "souls" that were sent to inhabit (animate) trees, or that became trees themselves.[3]

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According to C.S. Lewis, Tolkien once told him that historical people in a sense did not falsely claim to see "nymphs in the fountains and woods and dryads in the wood", since the the production of food was closely connected to one's own land and territory: people came to internalise the nature surrounding them.[4]

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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", p. 391
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Entu, Ensi, Enta Declension" (edited by Christopher Gilson), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 36, July 1994, p. 13
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 247, (dated 20 September 1963)
  4. C.S. Lewis, The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 1, letter from 1930
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