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"It is said that the trees of the grove themselves are wise."Welcome to the Immanent Grove, a collection of trees planted by members of the Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic at the University of Glasgow to honour the graduates of our Fantasy MLitt programme. The trees form part of the Trees for Life project, which aims to rewild the ancient Caledonian forest by planting saplings at remote sites in the Highlands of Scotland. No one knows exactly where each tree will be; we know only that each will make a small contribution to enriching a larger whole. In this way each tree is like a student of fantasy, each of whom makes a small contribution to a new but rapidly expanding field of study with its roots in the past, just as our growing Grove has its roots in soil that has been enriched by ancient trees. We have named our widely-scattered Grove the Immanent Grove after a wood on the Island of Roke in Ursula Le Guin’s classic fantasy series, the Books of Earthsea. Many people think that this wood ‘moves about in a mystifying manner’; but in this they are mistaken, Le Guin informs us, ‘for the Grove does not move. Its roots are the roots of being. It is all the rest that moves’. May our wood, planted in the name of our graduates who are moving on, help to move the world on, too, in a better direction.
Seeding my appreciation for the Master's that realises my Fantasy into a memorable and defining temporality
Donated by Spe Lux - MLitt Fantasy 2017/18 (Raven)
“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together … all things connect.” —Chief Seattle Cheers to the MLitt Fantasy cohorts past, present, and future! May our connections continue to better the world.
Donated by Carrianne Dillon - MLitt Fantasy 16/17 (Phoenix)
"A! the Trees of Light, tall and shapely, gold and silver, more glorious than the sun"― The Flight of the Noldoli from Valinor, The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Donated by Chloe Elizabeth Lindsay - MLitt Fantasy 2018/19 (Merlin)
“The hardest thing in this world is to live in it.” – Buffy Summers
Donated by Kat Humphries – MLitt Fantasy 2019/20 (Owl)
“It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.” – Ursula K. Le Guin
Donated by Victoria Fordham – MLitt Fantasy 2019/20 (Owl)
“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – The Alchemist
Donated by Emma Lin – MLitt Fantasy 2019/20 (Owl)
Donated by Jordyn Austin – MLitt Fantasy 2019/20 (Owl)
I better get the pretty tree.
Donated by Sam Tegtmeyer – MLitt Fantasy 2019/20 (Owl)
"You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words." (The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern)
Donated by Arnela Avdusinovic – MLitt Fantasy 2019/20 (Owl)
In gratitude for the delightful memories I made, for the love, wonder and fantastical things I found on this brief but life-altering adventure. For "anyone who has tasted fairy fruit walks through life beside other people to a different tune from theirs" (Hope Mirrlees).
Donated by Otilia Dragan – MLitt Fantasy 2019/20 (Owl)
May any and all flocks of fantastical fowl keep these trees safe from Níðhöggr and other pesky root-chomping dragons.
Donated by Lars Johnson – MLitt Fantasy 2019/20 (Owl)
“There’s still that gravity. What people expect. But… birds feel gravity, too. And acrobats, and dancers. And they dive and swoop and tumble anyway.” (Loki: Agent of Asgard #17) The strongest storms create the strongest birds, so fly on, and let the wind carry you ever higher.
Donated by Hanne Martine Gjermundsen Ræstad – MLitt Fantasy 2019/20 (Owl)
'It's like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.' ― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind
Donated by Rhys Pasternack – MLitt Fantasy 2019/20 (Owl)
We came together from all over, united by our mutual love. We're going in a few different directions now too. I'm going to miss you all, but I'm glad we put down some Roots together in Scotland, and I'm excited to see how we all go ahead Branching Out.
Donated by Ian Zerafa – MLitt Fantasy 2019/20 (Owl)
"After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world." - Philip Pullman
Donated by Paul Schons – MLitt Fantasy 2019/20 (Owl)
I started undergrad by being gifted with a fern, and now I’ve finished my Master's with a tree. I suppose this makes me an ent now!
Donated by Cheyenne Kristal Heckermann – MLitt Fantasy 2019/20 (Owl)
John Muir said, “Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.” How fantastic the worlds we’ve created must be.
Donated by Kelsey Rodich – MLitt Fantasy 2019/20 (Owl)
Some sirens will call you to that island where bitter winds never reached. It’s called Comfort Zone, Stability, Stagnation, and its sirens sing of the horrors awaiting, unless you sail directly in their arms. Close your ears, follow your dream and dare to find a new Ithaca along the way.
Donated by Madalena Daleziou – MLitt Fantasy 2019/20 (Owl)
May this tree outlive me and my legacy and act as a testament to the history of fantasy and humanity’s search for the fantastic.
Donated by Kaleb Kramer – MLitt Fantasy 2019/20 (Owl)
Donated by Emily Blount – MLitt Fantasy 2019/20 (Owl)