All of a sudden, Treebeard is angry. Saruman has riled him up, and he believes that he must march to Isengard and put him in his place! Merry and Pippin can come with! As he slams the table, Treebeard’s jars of light blaze up into fires.
Taking a step back, Treebeard realizes that he, of all people, is being too hasty. He stops to think, and lays back down in bed. Merry and Pippin can hear him muttering. As it turns out, he is one of the only three remaining oldest ents. But the other two aren’t that into this sort of vengeance and fighting. One of them, in fact, just stands alone all summer, doing nothing at all.
-Leaflock: One of the other oldest ents. Leaflock is the lazy one.
-Skinbark: The third of the oldest ents. He doesn’t have a defining characteristic yet, but I expect one to show up soon.
If nothing else, I’m learning quickly about the naming tendencies of ents. Treebeard uses two names for these other ents. One is Elvish, similar to how Treebeard’s other (Elvish) name is Fangorn. Leaflock is Finglas, and Skinbark is also known as Fladrif. So, what can we learn? Elven names for ents start with “f”, and, in the common tongue, entish names are really just compound words that have something to do with trees.
All in all, Treebeard’s zeal for attacking Saruman is surprising to me. I know well that in the movie he has to be persuaded. He doesn’t know the full extent of Saruman’s deforestation, and only decides to attack when he witnesses it for himself. Today, he’s ready to go!
But…do not be hasty. Let’s think about this first.
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Ent names are silly.
“‘Leaflock has grown sleepy, almost tree-ish, you might say: he has taken to standing by himself half-asleep all through the summer with the deep grass of the meadows round his knees. Covered with leafy…'”