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Oscar-worthy trees.

On Oscar night, we were cheering on The Return of the King, the last in the trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. All this rooting, of course, was for our favorite movie stars to date, the Ents--walking, talking 50-foot trees known to take matters into their own hands, er, branches.

The Ents, protectors of Middle-earth, were not ones to stand idly by when their homeland was threatened. In the second part of the trilogy, The Two Towers, the Ents, led by the ancient Treebeard, successfully flood and destroy a forest-bordered camp where evil soldiers are being trained. The activist trees return in the third movie, communicating with one another in booming voices, from one end of the forest to the other.

The Return of the King won 11 Academy Awards overall, including Best Picture and Best Special Effects. No word on whether the superstar greenery is headed for a spinoff of its own. Think of the attention a solo turn in the spotlight would garner for trees. While we're not necessarily advocating trees that stomp their way to preservation, a good roar now and then might be helpful in getting people's attention.
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Title Annotation:News from the World of Trees
Publication:American Forests
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 22, 2004
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