Treebeard is a fantastic listener. No need to be hasty, because he’ll hear you out no matter what! He listens intently to the story that Merry and Pippin tell, though interrupts frequently for more detail. I can’t argue with wanting more detail. But he’s really interested in the entwives, the mysteriously disappearing female ents.
However, Treebeard picks up on a lot from the story, and knows that things have been left out. He can tell that big things are afoot in the world at large, but doesn’t want to have to pick a side. There are certainly things that he disagrees with, orcs in particular, but no one truly cares about the ents like the ents do.
Treebeard just needs to vote for the Green Party. This two-party system isn’t working for him.
Okay, if we’re going to turn this into an election metaphor, Treebeard is probably one of the most educated voters out there. He’s been around for a long time, and is extremely observant. He knows everything. He’s already talked about Lothlórien and how it used to be. He’s also interested in Elrond and Rivendell, the Shire, the movements of the orc armies, and yes, even Tom Bombadil. With all this knowledge, you’d think he’d have a pretty good idea of where everyone stands.
BUT, even with that, he doesn’t want to get involved.
Everyone around him is too worked up in their own problems to care about Treebeard. So Treebeard isn’t going to care! As long as he gets left alone, things for him will be alright.
But if someone messes with Treebeard, I’d look out. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll get to see what happens then.
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Who am I kidding? We all know that Treebeard is a docile character, and he wouldn’t harm a fly…
“‘I used to be anxious when the shadow lay on Mirkwood, but when it removed to Mordor, I did not trouble for a while: Mordor…'”