While it would be nice if this horseman turned out to be a friendly face, arriving much earlier than expected, it is not so. A bedraggled Wormtongue rides up to Isengard, completely unaware of its destruction.
He may, in fact, live under a rock.
Upon seeing Merry, Pippin, and Treebeard, he tries to awkwardly turn around and flee. Not so fast, my friend! Treebeard easily picks him up and deposits him in a whining heap on the ground.
Trying desperately to convince the angry ent that he’s a messenger from Théoden to Saruman, Wormtongue instead convinces everyone around that he’s a scheming liar. The hobbits don’t even buy the story. Treebeard, having heard some news about Wormtongue from Gandalf, gives him a choice: either hang out here until Théoden arrives, or join Saruman in imprisonment in Orthanc. With much whining, Wormtongue starts wading towards the tower, with Treebeard following.
Of course, anyone who knows anything probably has heard that Théoden and Saruman have had a bit of a falling out. Who could miss the huge army marching to destroy Rohan? Even if Gandalf hadn’t warned Treebeard, I don’t believe this story would work. The only thing worse than a liar is a bad liar. Good luck with that, Wormtongue.
Liar, liar, you used to have pants, but now they are a burnt pile of ashes.
Wormtongue doesn’t help his own case by complaining about having to make his way to Orthanc through water. Oh, is that so bad? Pro-tip: when you’re already labeled a scumbag, don’t do things like whine about your circumstances. Does Treebeard take pity? No. Would I take pity? No. For a lesson in pity, please see Bilbo’s non-execution of Gollum.
Today’s Gollum Meter: 86 – “I’m taking pity on you today, dude.”
But that is not this day.
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I don’t like groveling either, to be totally honest. Stop it.
“‘But Treebeard waded after him, and watched his progress.'”
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