Hobbitozz ... A Land That Never Was

Forest Boy
Forest Boy artwork by Benjamin Tinker
"Forest Boy" artwork by Benjamin Tinker

Forest Boy is the protagonist of this story. He is a sort of feral/wild child character, "reared in the trees," though it is clear he had a father with him in the woods and must have had a mother at some point. The line "reared in the trees" could mean that he literally lived in the trees like our early tree-dwelling bipedal human ancestors. We also learn that his father has died and left him alone and a bird has taken interest in his well being and sings to him that he must begin a journey come the spring.

There are two narrators in this song: the "voice of god," which is also the narration style of the previous song "Hobbitozz ... A Land That Never Was;" and the bird who sings to Forest Boy, telling him to bury his father and pray that his soul be released.

The bird also tells Forest Boy to the look to the east. This may be just part of the ritual of burying his father, but it could be instructions as to what direction he must go when he begins his journey. East is the direction of the rising sun, which is symbolic both of a new day and new beginnings as well as light or the source of light, the bringing of light, or illumination.
Forest boy
reared in the trees
shadows, leaves
his father and he

Forest boy
did have a dream
bird in tree
singing so softly

Forest boy
sweet melody
wind through trees
so melancholy

Forest boy
your father leaves
you lonely
bury his body

Forest boy
look to the east
pray release
set your father free

Forest boy
this is no dream
bird did sing
winter comes early

Forest boy
finish mourning
come the spring
begin your journey

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