Treebeard promised Merry and Pippin a revitalizing drink, but he didn’t mention that it was gin.
Seriously, it’s gin. We’ll get to that.
In other news, they drink this…gin, and Treebeard insists that they tell the story of their journey. Merry and Pippin oblige, sitting on the floor while Treebeard lays down in a great bed. They start at the beginning, with their leave of Hobbiton, but fail to mention any bit about the ring.
I’m not kidding around here. The draught is clear, like gin, and tastes like “the smell of a distant wood”. THAT’S GIN. I’m not a big gin-drinker myself, but I do know that good gin tastes somewhat like an evergreen forest.
Oh, what’s that? Treebeard’s home is encircled by evergreen trees? This dude is totally making his own gin-tastic moonshine here. To add to its gin-ness, Treebeard remarks that he has to lie down before it goes to his head and makes him fall asleep. Sound like alcohol to me!
Other than that, there’s not much here again.
It’s smart of Merry and Pippin to leave out any mention of the ring in their story, but I actually think that this might be the one person in Middle-earth who doesn’t care. What would Treebeard do with the ring? He’s got all the power he wants or needs. The narration makes a point to say that he doesn’t ask for the reason behind the hobbits’ sudden journey. I think he just wants a good story. I get that.
“They said nothing whatever about the Ring, and did not tell him why they set out or where they were going to; and he did not ask for any reasons.”