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Encyclopedia > Treebeard
Character from Tolkien's Legendarium


TREEBEARD & HOBBITS
illustration by Tom Loback
Name Treebeard
Other names Fangorn
Race Ent
Realm Fangorn Forest
Book(s) The Two Towers,
The Return of the King

Treebeard or (Sindarin) Fangorn is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. He is the oldest of the Ents, tree-like beings who are the "shepherds of trees". Very tall and stiff-limbed, with bark-like skin and leafy hair, he befriends Merry and Pippin after they escape from orcs. Under their influence, he causes the downfall and imprisonment of Saruman, the head of the Istari. He lives in the Forest of Fangorn, which is named after him, or he after it. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Tolkien redirects here. ... Tolkiens Legendarium (ISBN 0-313-30530-7) is a collection of scholarly essays edited by Verlyn Flieger and Carl F. Hostetter on the History of Middle-earth series of books relating to the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, compiled and edited by his son, Christopher Tolkien. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (827x1093, 304 KB) This file has been listed on Wikipedia:Possibly unfree images, because it is missing information on its source or copyright status. ... Here is a complete bestiary of the People, Creatures and Mystical Beings of Middle-earth as written about in the mythology of J. R. R. Tolkien. ... For other uses, see ENT. Ents are a fictional race from J. R. R. Tolkiens fantasy world of Middle-earth. ... This is a list of the known realms of Arda in J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium. ... The Two Towers is the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings. ... The Return of the King is the third and final volume of J. R. R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings, following The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. ... Sindarin is an artificial language (or conlang) developed by J. R. R. Tolkien. ... Tolkien redirects here. ... A map of the Northwestern part of Middle-earth at the end of the Third Age, courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Arda. ... For other uses, see ENT. Ents are a fictional race from J. R. R. Tolkiens fantasy world of Middle-earth. ... Meriadoc Brandybuck, usually referred to as Merry, is a fictional character from J.R.R. Tolkiens Middle-earth, featured throughout his most famous work, The Lord of the Rings. ... Peregrin Took (T.A. 2990–F.A. 70), better known to his friends as Pippin, is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth, a Hobbit, and one of Frodo Bagginss youngest but dearest friends. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fantasy writings, Orcs or Orks are a race of creatures who are used as soldiers and henchmen by both the greater and lesser villains of The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings — Morgoth, Sauron and Saruman. ... Saruman is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium. ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Wizards of Middle-earth are a small group of beings outwardly resembling Men but possessing much greater physical and mental power. ... Spoiler warning: Treebeard or (Sindarin) Fangorn is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth. ...

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In the narrative

Treebeard is the oldest living Ent. At the time of the War of the Ring, he is actually among the 3 remaining original Ents (the first Ents created by Eru Ilúvatar at the behest of Yavanna), the other two being Leaflock and Skinbark. Treebeard is more or less the de facto leader of the Ents and the master of Fangorn Forest. Since before the first rising of the Sun and Moon, Treebeard and his Ents have guarded the trees of Middle-earth's forests, as well as shepherding trees that grew "wild". By his own admission, Treebeard rarely troubled himself with the "Great Wars" between Morgoth (and later Sauron), Men, Elves, and Dwarves. During his long life Treebeard visited forests in many lands such as those in Beleriand which are now flooded under the Sea. For the last several millennia, Treebeard dwelt in Fangorn Forest, north of Rohan. His beloved was an Entwife named Wandlimb (Fimbrethil), whom he met in their youth when she was a beautiful Ent-maiden. Over time the Entwives became estranged from the male Ents and moved to the other side of the River Anduin to plant their gardens, but the male Ents still visited them. However, centuries later during the War of the Last Alliance, that region was blasted by the fires of Sauron, and scorched into the desert now known as the Brown Lands; the Entwives fled and disappeared. Treebeard and the other Ents searched across the lands for news of them, but could never find them, and over time their searches became less frequent and went less far. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Yavanna Kementári is a Vala from J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium. ...


In recent times (barely 2,000 years ago) Treebeard met Gandalf, who befriended him, as well as Saruman, who ultimately took advantage of him by using Treebeard to find out knowledge about the paths through Fangorn Forest, but gave Treebeard nothing in return. In the past few decades before the war, Treebeard became increasingly concerned at the rampant deforestation that Saruman was causing in the forest to fuel his war machine at Isengard. While pondering these matters on an "A-lalla-lalla-rumba-kamanda-lind-or-burúmë", a hill, near the southern edge of Fangorn Forest, Treebeard met Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took, two Hobbits who had recently escaped captivity from a band of Uruk-hai from Isengard when they were attacked by Éomer's cavalry on the outskirts of the forest. In his entire long life, Treebeard had never met or heard of a "hobbit" before, and they were the first truly "new" thing he had met in ages, and he was fascinated by them. Treebeard took them back to safety at his home deep in the forest, gave them a special drink called ent-draught (which made them grow taller), and told them of the current state of affairs. As is normal for an Ent, Treebeard is unhasty, and had for a long time been uncertain of what to do about the threat that Saruman posed to his forest. However, the process of explaining the situation in full to someone else made Treebeard realize that something had to be done, and that he had been idle. Pippin sampling an Ent Draught In J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium of Middle-earth, Ent draught was an extremely invigorating drink of the Ents. ...


Angered by the fact that Saruman's orcs were cutting down his trees, Treebeard is instrumental in bringing about Saruman's end as a key player in the War of the Ring by persuading his fellow Ents to attack his stronghold, Isengard, after a great gathering and meeting called the Entmoot. Combatants Free peoples: Gondor, Rohan, Dale, Esgaroth, Erebor, The Shire, Lothlórien, the Woodland Realm and the Fangorn forest Evil forces: Under Sauron: Mordor, Rhûn, Morgul, Harad, Umbar, Khand Under Saruman: Isengard, Dunland Commanders Gandalf (died but later resurrected) Aragorn Théoden† Éomer Denethor† Dáin II† Brand† Galadriel... Location of Isengard in Middle-earth marked in red In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, Isengard, a translation of the Sindarin Angrenost, was a large fortress. ...


After the destruction of Isengard, he and his fellow Ents keep watch over Saruman, whom they have cornered in his tower of Orthanc.While they are watching him, Gandalf the White comes with the riders of Rohan. Treebeard guards the tower so Saruman can't escape, while Gandalf talks to Saruman, and later breaks his staff. This then means that Saruman has no power other than the melodious power of his voice which he demonstrates over the people of Rohan. However, Saruman talks Treebeard into letting him go, which has dire consequences for the Shire.


After the Dark Lord Sauron is defeated, the surviving members of the Fellowship of the Ring meet all together in one place for the last time at Isengard (where Aragorn must return south, Legolas and Gimli must go northeast, and Gandalf and the Hobbits must go northwest); by this time the Ents have completely dismantled the stone ring of Isengard and refilled the valley with a forest of trees, renaming it the Treegarth of Orthanc. In return for the Ents' instrumental aide in the defeat of Saruman, and in defending Rohan from attack by an army of Mordor-Orcs, Aragorn granted Fangorn Forest to the Ents as an enclave within his new kingdom, and promised Treebeard that the Ents could spread along with their forests to grow again in the wastes of Eriador to the west, where once long ago had stood a vast primeval forest. Aragorn also encouraged Treebeard that with the threat of Mordor destroyed forever, travel would now be much easier and the Ents could renew their search for the Entwives in lands that had been inaccessible for centuries. However, Treebeard sadly lamented that while the forests may spread once again, the Ents would not. Treebeard doubted that he would ever see the Entwives again. It is presumed that Treebeard and the other remaining Ents continued to live in Fangorn Forest for many years, much as they had the past ages, barely involved in outside affairs, as they slowly dwindled and dropped out of history.


Character

Like all Ents, Treebeard takes a long time to make a decision (though he had already decided to fight Saruman before the hobbits meet him). Although Ents can make up their mind quickly, they take a long time going over all the details on which to make the decision. He repeatedly speaks of not "being hasty". Since he is hardly ever pressed for time he'll never ask anyone to say or do anything faster (in fact encouraging the opposite). Treebeard is described as the oldest being in Middle-earth, which is the cause of some confusion as Tom Bombadil is also called oldest. Treebeard however says that there are trees in Fangorn that are 'older than he'. The general consensus is that Treebeard is the oldest sentient "living thing" in Middle-earth, as Tom Bombadil isn't exactly a member of any race (and could possibly be of angelic origin). An example of the language of the ents is given in chapter IV. 'A-lalla-lalla-rumba-kamanda-lind-or-burúmë', means 'hill' (or at least part of the word)! Tom Bombadil is a supporting character in J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium. ...


It has been theorized that many of Treebeard's mannerisms were based on Tolkien's friend C.S. Lewis, a loud, bombastic man known for his powerful stride and overwhelming presence (as is discussed in the commentary on the DVDs of Peter Jackson's film adaptations). [citation needed] Clive Staples Lewis (November 29, 1898 – November 22, 1963), commonly referred to as C. S. Lewis, was an author and scholar. ...


Age

The first Ents were created by Ilúvatar immediately after Aulë created the Dwarves, at the behest of Yavanna, knowing that they would not fell trees. It is unknown whether the Ents were made to sleep until the Awakening of the Elves, similar to the Dwarves, or if they were allowed to roam in the forests. On the one hand, Ilúvatar wanted his children to be the first besides the Ainur to walk in Middle-earth. On the other hand, Treebeard says he is the oldest being in Middle-earth. The words of Treebeard seem to overrule the logic of Ilúvatar, though this may be accounted for in the fact that after the creation of the Dwarves Ilúvatar forced Aulë to send them into a stasis-like state because the Elves were to be his firstborn. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Aulë is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, Dwarves (also known as the Naugrim) are beings of short stature who all possess beards and are often friendly with Hobbits, although long suspicious of Elves. ... ... In Tolkiens fiction, The Children of Ilúvatar refers to Elves and Men. ... The Ainur (from Valarin Ayanûz; singular Ainu) are a fictional race from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe, Eä. Spoiler warning: The Ainur are the spirits emanated by Ilúvatar to help him to create the Universe, Eä, through the Music of the Ainur. ...


If Treebeard awoke at the same time as the first Elf, he would have been about 11344 years old on Bilbo's eleventy-first birthday, in 3001 T.A.. It is not recorded precisely how long before the First Age the Dwarves or the Ents were first created. For other uses, see The Third Age. ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the First Age began with the awakening of the Elves, and ended with the final overthrow of Morgoth by the combined armies of Valinor and Beleriand. ...


Statue

There are plans to erect a statue of Treebeard, by Tim Tolkien, J.R.R.'s great-nephew, near the latter's former home in Moseley, Birmingham. There is also a statue of an ent which looks very similar to Treebeard, in Grizdale Forest, Cumbria Sentinel, by Tim Tolkien, near the Jaguar works in Castle Bromwich, formerly the Spitfire factory Tim Tolkien is a British sculptor who has designed several monumental sculptures, including the award-winning Sentinel. ... Moseley village green Moseley is a suburb of Birmingham, England, located 2 miles to the south of the city centre. ... This article is about the British city. ...


Portrayal in adaptations

Treebeard, as portrayed in Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings.
Treebeard, as portrayed in Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings.

In Ralph Bakshi's 1978 animated adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, John Westbrook provided the voice of Treebeard. Stephen Thorne voiced the character in BBC Radio's 1981 serialization. Treebeard was originated onstage by Brian Amidei in the Lifeline Theatre's 1999 production of The Two Towers. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 450 pixelsFull resolution‎ (853 × 480 pixels, file size: 96 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Treebeard, as portrayed in The Lord of the Rings (1978). ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 450 pixelsFull resolution‎ (853 × 480 pixels, file size: 96 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Treebeard, as portrayed in The Lord of the Rings (1978). ... Ralph Bakshi (October 29, 1938) is an American director of animated and occasionally live-action films. ... J.R.R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings is a 1978 animated fantasy film directed by Ralph Bakshi. ... Ralph Bakshi (October 29, 1938) is an American director of animated and occasionally live-action films. ... // Events February 1 - Bob Dylans film Renaldo and Clara, a documentary of the Rolling Thunder Revue tour premieres in Los Angeles, California March 1 - Charlie Chaplins coffin is stolen from a Swiss cemetery 3 months after burial March - Leigh Brackett completes the first draft for Star Wars Episode... J.R.R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings is a 1978 animated fantasy film directed by Ralph Bakshi. ... Notable people named John Westbrook include: John Westbrook, actor John Westbrook, video artist/editor John L. Westbrook, politician Category: ... Stephen Thorne is a British actor of radio, film, stage and television. ... BBC Radio is a service of the British Broadcasting Corporation which has operated in the United Kingdom under the terms of a Royal Charter since 1927. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... In 1981 BBC Radio 4 broadcast a dramatisation of J. R. R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings in 26 half-hour stereo instalments. ... Lifeline Theatre was founded in Chicago, Illinois, United States, in 1983 by four Northwestern University graduates. ...

In Peter Jackson's films The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Treebeard is a combination of a large animatronic model and a CGI construct; his voice is performed by John Rhys-Davies, who also plays Gimli. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (827x1093, 304 KB) This file has been listed on Wikipedia:Possibly unfree images, because it is missing information on its source or copyright status. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (827x1093, 304 KB) This file has been listed on Wikipedia:Possibly unfree images, because it is missing information on its source or copyright status. ... For other persons named Peter Jackson, see Peter Jackson (disambiguation). ... This article is about the Peter Jackson films. ... John Rhys-Davies (born May 5, 1944) is an English actor best known for his supporting roles as the charismatic Arab excavator Sallah in the Indiana Jones films, and the dwarf Gimli in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (in which he also voiced the towering Ent, Treebeard). ... For other persons named Peter Jackson, see Peter Jackson (disambiguation). ... The year 2002 in film involved some significant events. ... The year 2003 in film involved some significant events. ... The seawater creature in The Abyss marked CGIs acceptance in the visual effects industry. ... John Rhys-Davies (born May 5, 1944) is an English actor best known for his supporting roles as the charismatic Arab excavator Sallah in the Indiana Jones films, and the dwarf Gimli in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (in which he also voiced the towering Ent, Treebeard). ... Gimli is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium, featured in The Lord of the Rings. ...


In Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the Ents at the Entmoot initially decline Merry and Pippin's request for help. Treebeard is carrying the hobbits through the forest, when Pippin gets an idea. He asks Treebeard to carry them towards Isengard, because that is the last place Saruman would look for them. When Treebeard gets close to the forest's edge, he sees the devastation wrought by Saruman's orcs. The trees have all been chopped down to serve as fuel for Saruman's war machine. Treebeard then howls in anger and summons the other Ents, who come out of the forest. They attack Isengard and manage to flood it. In the book, the Ents decide to attack Saruman without any such coercion. Location of Isengard in Middle-earth marked in red In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, Isengard, a translation of the Sindarin Angrenost, was a large fortress. ... Saruman is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium. ...


External links

  • Treebeard at the Tolkien Gateway

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Treebeard - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (657 words)
Treebeard is described as the oldest being in Middle-earth, which is the cause of some confusion as Tom Bombadil is also called oldest.
The words of Treebeard seem to overrule the logic of Ilúvatar, though this may be accounted for in the fact that after the creation of the dwarves Ilúvatar forced Aule to send them into a stasis-like state because the elves were to be his firstborn.
If Treebeard awoke at the same time as the first Elf, he would have been about 11344 years old on Bilbo's eleventy-first birthday, in 3001 T.A. It is not recorded precisely how long before the First Age the Dwarves or the Ents were first created.
Treebeard (3062 words)
Treebeard had a long, bushy, grey beard that appeared to be made of twigs and moss.
Treebeard was one of the original Ents, and thus he may have been over 11,000 years old by the end of the Third Age.
Treebeard once met the King of the Galadhrim of Lothlorien (possibly Amdir, father of Amroth) and they agreed that the forests of the Ents and the Elves would be separate, though they were welcome to visit one another's lands.
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