One of the most striking things from this class so far is Tolkien's interest and dedication to incorporating Christian themes into The Lord of the Rings as well as problems of the time, like the question of nature versus industrialism.
Christianity was certainly a big component of Tolkien's world, and therefore the one he created as well. I think one of the biggest references to Christianity is in the Entmoot scene and chapter. The meeting itself is an extremely rare occasion and something that happens once every age, if even that frequently. The leader, Treebeard, is the appointed representative with knowledge about the war and Saruman's wrongdoing. He is also who calls the Ents together, of which there are many different types of trees present. This scene has lots of reminders to the The Last Supper. Similar to Jesus, Treebeard is a pure and good creature that is concerned with the outside workings of the world, his own race, as well as all races on Middle Earth. He calls his brothers together and they have a solemn meeting that takes time and intense thought.
The Ents, similar to The Last Supper, have a ritual before the meeting even starts of saying good morning, like the ritual of Christ serving bread and wine. During the meeting, they discuss the destruction Saruman is doing to the forest and the creatures they shepherd and take care of. The unwarranted persecution of forest dwellers is found by the Ents to be reprehensible, resulting in their decision to march one last time together to war.
At the time of The Last Supper, Jesus and his chosen disciples were being brutally persecuted by the Romans. This persecution was the point of The Last Supper, where is was discussed as well as a plan. After the meeting, each disciple left and went on to fulfill their own separate missions to end the persecution, even though the missions could end in death.
With this laid out, one can see just how similar these two events are. Both groups met in secret to discuss current events that were causing deliberate and unwarranted harm to their respective groups. Both meetings needed in a call to action, where all the members left to fulfill their duty, fully aware of the dangers as well as the necessity of the mission. It is also a happy coincidence that The Last Supper was supposed to have happened on a Thursday. The Entmoot reportedly happened on March 30th. This year, March 30th was on a Thursday.
Another concept attached to the Entmoot is the industrialism versus nature theme that pervades throughout The Lord of the Rings. The Ents are not marching to war against machines or industrialism; they are going to war against the atrocities done to their race. Saruman had been killing thousands of trees for months with no repersucciosns. As a wizard, whose job is to protect and guide the beings of Middle Earth, he did the exact opposite by blindly killing for his own selfish gain. The Ents were not marching against what Saruman was cutting the trees down for--creating an army of Uruk-hai--but because he was cutting down the trees at all.
Rather than fighting against industrialism or the modernization of the world, perhaps Tolkien was instead protesting people exploiting nature and its resources for selfish gain. This process can be seen all over because of motivations created by modernization efforts in Europe. Tolkien, a man who valued nature and natural things--a view only increased by his Christian beliefs-- wanted nature to be protected and respected, which an Ent is the embodiment of. Ents, like Treebeard, are shepherd of the forest. Their whole job is to maintain nature, keep it dafe, and keep everything contact and happy. This is similar to the way Jesus operates. As a leader of a new faith in a tumultuous world, he was concerned with shepherding his people and maintain them as well as keeping them safe and happy. His call to action was a result of bad people exploiting, abusing, and killing his followers. This concept also hearkens back to the purely evil action of corruption. Saruman by this point had been completely corrupted by evil, which in turn led him to also corrupt the forest with death and malice where it was before peaceful and pure.
Something that shows the combination of God and nature is expressed in the line, "I saw glory's tree honored with trappings...yet through that gold, I clearly perceived old strife of wretches..." from the poem The Dream of the Rood from the Vercelli Book. The tree mentioned is referring to a literal tree that holds the body of Christ during crucifixion as well as to Jesus himself in the line about old strife. This poem shows the intertwinement of church and nature, which is, after all, where religion originated. This connection is something both the power and Tolkien recognized both in a historical and a religious basis with Jesus Christ and with the creation of Ents by Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings.
While it is certainly true that the Entmoot does not have nearly the historical, literary, or spiritual importance of The Last Supper, there are a lot of similarities between the two meetings aa well as those in attendance. Both feature important leaders who serve as symbolic figureheads as well as shepherd for their followers, and both meetings are rare and important occurracnes that result in a great call to action to end oppression and unwarranted brutality. These are made even more apparent by the ida athat Tolkien did not hate industrialism, bur thatcher the exploitation of the natural world and its beauty that it may have contributed to.