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Treebeard in the Motion Picture trilogy

Treebeard

Biographical information

Other names
Fangorn
Titles
Oldest of the Ents ? Shepherd of the Trees
Date of birth
YT ?
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Unknown
Realms ruled
Spouse
Weapon
Bare hands feet and Legs

Physical description

Race
Culture
Gender
Male
Height
15'4
Eye color
Deep brown shot with green light
Actor
CGI and full size practical animatronic
Character
For other uses of Treebeard see Treebeard (disambiguation)

      Fangorn redirects here; for the forest, see Fangorn Forest

"Things will go as they will; and there is no need to hurry to meet them."
Treebeard

Treebeard, also known as Fangorn, was the oldest of the ents left in Middle-earth, an ancient tree-like being who is a "shepherd of trees". He has a very tall and stiff-limbed appearance, with bark-like skin and leafy hair.

In chapter 5 of The Two Towers, Gandalf calls Treebeard "...the oldest living thing that still walks beneath the Sun upon this Middle-earth." In The Return of the King, chapter 6, "Many Partings", Celeborn addresses Treebeard as "Eldest."

HistoryEdit

"Hrum, now, well, I am an Ent, or that's what they call me. Yes, Ent is the word. The Ent, I am, you might say, in your manner of speaking. Fangorn is my name according to some, Treebeard others make it. Treebeard will do."
The Lord of the Rings:Treebeard

Before the Third AgeEdit

Treebeard was the oldest ent who ever lived. He was so old that he remembered the time of Elves teaching the trees to speak, recalling how they wanted to talk to everything. In the time when Middle-earth was merely a giant forest, Treebeard roamed the land, presumably with his love, Fimbrethil. But after the loss of the Entwives,[1] he and the remaining ents dwelt in the Forest of Fangorn, isolating themselves from the outside world.

Third Age and War of the RingEdit

"I do not like worrying about the future. I am not altogether on anybody's side, because nobody is altogether on my side, if you understand me: nobody cares for the woods as I care for them, not even Elves nowadays."
The Lord of the Rings:Treebeard
Treebeard grabs Pippin

Treebeard grabs Pippin.

With the arrival of the Istari in the year TA 1000 of the Third Age, Saruman came to Fangorn and befriended Treebeard, and would often visit him. The two would talk, discussing various subjects, with Saruman gathering information about the forest itself, and in particular its intertwining paths.

As the years passed and with no Entings due to the loss of the Entwives, the number of ents fell. Some ents in their old age became still and silent, almost becoming tree like as they slumbered. Treebeard, Finglas, Fladrif, Quickbeam and around fifty remained, some younger, some older. When Sauron's shadow began to spread across the land once more, Treebeard and the Ents remained in Fangorn, continuing to tend the trees, and taking no part in the affairs of Men, Elves and Wizards. However, they were brought into the war when Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took escaped from Saruman's Orcs, became lost in Fangorn Forest and befriended Treebeard. Upon learning that Saruman was cutting down the forest to power his war effort, an angry Treebeard called all the ents together for an Entmoot. After three days of deliberation, they decided to attack Isengard, in an event known as the Last March of the Ents.

Leading the attack, Treebeard helped to bring down Isenguard's walls and utterly destroy them, save the tower of Orthanc and Saruman himself who sat in his tower with his Man servant Grima Wormtongue. The Ent's also broke the dam wall which had starved the once green and beautiful Wizards Vale of all it's water and flooded Sarumans pits, mines and machines of war. Once Isengard was cleansed, Treebeard remained to guard over Saruman, but was ultimately unable to keep him, due to the power of Saruman's voice and the fact that Treebeard could not bear to lock any living thing up.

After the War of the Ring and BeyondEdit

After Aragorn was crowned king, he promised Treebeard that the Ents could prosper again and spread to new lands with the threat of Mordor gone, and renew their search for the Entwives.  However, Treebeard sadly lamented that forests may spread once more, but the Ents would not, predicting that the few remaining Ents would remain in Fangorn forest until they slowly dwindled in number.  However, he still held some hope for finding the Entwives, as he asked Merry and Pippin to watch for them near the Shire, and to bring word if they were to find them.

Treebeard's ultimate fate is not known.  While he aged very slowly and was extremely long-lived, he was not immortal.  He most likely underwent the same fate of all the Ents: eventually settling down in one place, growing roots and leaves, and essentially becoming a tree himself, ceasing conscious thought.

In her final words to Treebeard during their parting at Isengard, Galadriel says she will "Not [see him] in Middle-earth, nor until the lands that lie under the wave are lifted up again.  Then in the willow-meads of Nan-tathren we may meet in the spring.  Farewell!" This suggests that in the future, perhaps after the Dagor Dagorath, when the lands of Beleriand will be recovered again, Treebeard and, possibly all the other Ents, will awaken again and that he will meet her again in Nan-Tathren.

Treebeard2

Treebeard.

Appearance in adaptationsEdit

Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogyEdit

"Side? I am on no one's side, because no one is on my side."
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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.

In the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), 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 makes a momentous decision, and calls for the other Ents.

"Come, my friends. The Ents are going to war. It is likely that we go to our doom. The last march of the Ents."
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

They attack Isengard and manage to flood it. In the book, Treebeard and the Ents decide to attack Saruman without any such coercion. They were already most likely aware of this situation.  When Gandalf arrives at Isengard in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Treebeard refers to Gandalf as "young master Gandalf".

Video gamesEdit

Treebeard is featured in The Lord of the Rings: Conquest in both the good and evil campaigns. In the first he appears in the Battle of Isengard level, where the player must deliver Gríma Wormtongue's key to Orthanc to him. In the second, an alternate timeline in which Frodo took the One Ring for himself sees Treebeard killed by the Balrog known as Durin's Bane.

He also appears in LEGO The Lord of the Rings: The Video Game, in which he is a playable character when one of the Hobbits is riding on his shoulder.

TriviaEdit

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  • It's believed 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.
  • The Top Trumps card game lists Treebeard as being 17,051 years old.
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AppearancesEdit

Voice Dubbing actorsEdit

Foreign Language Voice dubbing artist
Spanish (Latin America) Maynardo Zavala
Spanish (Spain) José Antequera
Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD) Guilherme Lopes
German Wolfgang Hess
French (France) Vincent Grass
Czech Jiří Zavřel
Slovak Emanuel Romančík
Italian (Italy) Carlo Baccarini

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Boombaard
Albanian Pemëmjekër
Armenian Ծառմորուս
Belarusian Древобород
Breton Barvgwez ?
Bulgarian Дървобрад
Catalan Bárbol
Chinese (Hong Kong) 樹鬍
Croatian Drvobradaša
Czech Stromovous
Danish Træskæg
Dutch Boombaard
Esperanto Arbobarbon
Estonian Puuhabe
Finnish Puuparta
French Sylvebarbe
Georgian თრეებეარდ
German Baumbart
Greek Τρέέβέαρδ ?
Gujarati વૃક્ષ દાઢી
Hindi ट्री दाढ़ी
Hungarian Szilszakáll
Icelandic Tréskegg
Irish Gaelic Féasógcrann
Italian Barbalbero
Japanese 木のひげ
Kannada ಟ್ರೀ ಗಡ್ಡ
Kazakh Треебеард
Korean 나무 수염
Latin Arborbarbam
Lithuanian Medisbarzda
Malay Pokokjanggut
Marathi वृक्ष दाढी
Macedonian дрвобрада
Manx Faasaagbilley ?
Nepali रूख दाढी
Norwegian Treskjegg
Polish Drzewiec
Portuguese (Brazil) Barbárvore
Portuguese (Portugal) Barba de Árvore
Punjabi ਲੜੀ ਦਾੜ੍ਹੀ
Romanian Copacbarba
Russian Древень
Scottish Gaelic Feusagcraobh ?
Serbian Дрвобради (Cyrillic) Drvobradi (Latinised)
Siamese (Thai) ทรีเบียร์ด
Sinhala රුක් රැවුල
Slovak Stromobrad
Slovenian Drevobrada
Spanish (Spain and Latin America) Bárbol
Swahili Mtindevu
Swedish Lavskägge
Turkish Ağaçsakal
Ukrainian Древобород
Vietnamese Câyrâu
Yiddish טרעעבעאַרד


Ents
Beechbone | Bregalad (Quickbeam) | Fangorn (Treebeard) | Fimbrethil (Wandlimb) | Finglas (Leaflock) | Fladrif (Skinbark)


ReferencesEdit

  1. What exactly happened to the Entwives was something Tolkien wanted to keep a mystery, even to himself, but in one of his letters he said, "I think that in fact the Entwives have disappeared for good, being destroyed with their gardens in the War of the Last Alliance."

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