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Long List of the Ents

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The Long List of the Ents[1] was a song of lore known to the Ents that listed every living creature known to them.

On 29 February T.A. 3019, Merry and Pippin met Treebeard in Fangorn Forest.[2] Puzzled to meet creatures he had never seen before, Treebeard began reciting the list to see if he could recall where the two Hobbits might fit in, but decided that they were indeed missing. Pippin suggested adding a new line, Half-grown hobbits, the hole-dwellers, next to Men, which Treebeard thought was a good idea.[3]

After the parley with Saruman on 5 March,[2] Treebeard greeted the victors and revealed that he had added Hobbits to the Long List:

Ents the earthborn, old as mountains,
the wide-walkers, water drinking;
and hungry as hunters, the Hobbit children,
the laughing-folk, the little people,[4]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Index: I Songs and Verses, (a)"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Treebeard"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Voice of Saruman"