What was the setting 'In the Buffalo That Climbed a Tree'?
It was about five hundred and fifty miles from St. Joseph,
Zacchaeus was the short tax collector who climbed a sycamore tree in order to be able to see Jesus. The story is told in Luke chapter 19: 1-10. "And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day…
The only things Bilbo could see when he climbs the tree in Mirkwood is more trees. This was very disheartening to the party. However, as the narrator says, the reason he could only see trees was because he climbed a tree in the middle of a valley. The end of the forest was near, but could not be seen.
Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he. He climbed up in the sycamore tree for the Lord he wanted to see. And as the Savior passed that way, He looked up in the the tree and He said, "Zacchaeus, you come down, for I'm going to your house today. For I'm going to your house today." There might be more, but that's all I remember.