Naturally, Théoden’s “information” about hobbits is completely wrong. Who said they could tweet like birds?
Nevertheless, Merry is here to educate him, commencing a monologue about the introduction of pipe-weed to the Shire quite recently. He’s cut off by Gandalf, who warns Théoden that hobbits will talk endlessly about such topics. There are more important matters at hand. Namely, Gandalf wants to speak with Treebeard, though he wants to get some food for the riders first. He begins scolding Merry for not being forthcoming about Treebeard’s location, but Merry counters back, saying that not only is Treebeard expecting him around on the north side of Isengard, but that there is food aplenty over there. And so their squabble is concluded.
-Tobold Hornblower: Hobbit known for first growing pipe-weed. Also known as “Toby”. Sometimes, a normal name is alright.
-Longbottom: Where Toby Hornblower was from, a town in the Southfarthing. Thus, the best pipe-weed is known as “Longbottom Leaf”.
Ah, so now I know why Merry and Pippin aren’t reacting to Gandalf’s presence. It seems that Treebeard at least was aware of him, and told the hobbits such. I don’t believe that the two were laid at his feet, as the movie implies, but they clearly already have knowledge of his return. Treebeard left them with a message intended for Gandalf and Théoden, that being to meet him further north.
And Aragorn? No Aragorn.
Meanwhile, Isengard is guarded by the ents. You see, remember those broken pillars and such that were sticking up out of the floodwater? Ents. On watch.
Well, the water is the first line of defense to keep Saruman from escaping, but ents are stationed around, tall enough to stand. Quickbeam is chief among them, because I guess that ents have suddenly realized that having some urgency is a good thing.
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Oh, I practised Tobold Longbottom good. Yes I did.
“‘For Treebeard is Fangorn, and the eldest and chief of the Ents, and when you speak with him you will hear the speech of the oldest of all living things.'”