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'''Skinbark''' (also known as '''Fladrif''') was, with [[Treebeard]] and [[Leaflock]], one of the three oldest [[Ents]] of [[Fangorn Forest]].  He lived on the slopes above and to the west of [[Isengard]], and so he and his people suffered the most at the hands of [[Saruman]]'s despoiling [[Orcs]].  After many of his folk and tree-herds had been destroyed and he had been wounded, Skinbark moved high up the slopes to be with the [[birches]] he most loved and would not come down.<ref>{{TT|III4}}</ref>
 
'''Skinbark''' (also known as '''Fladrif''') was, with [[Treebeard]] and [[Leaflock]], one of the three oldest [[Ents]] of [[Fangorn Forest]].  He lived on the slopes above and to the west of [[Isengard]], and so he and his people suffered the most at the hands of [[Saruman]]'s despoiling [[Orcs]].  After many of his folk and tree-herds had been destroyed and he had been wounded, Skinbark moved high up the slopes to be with the [[birches]] he most loved and would not come down.<ref>{{TT|III4}}</ref>
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==Etymology==
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Tolkien wrote that ''Skinbark'' is the [[Westron|Common Speech]] (or English) translation of ''Fladrif''.<ref>{{HM|RC}}, p. 763</ref> It appears like ''Fladrif'' is intended to be [[Sindarin]];<ref name=DW/> the name is mentioned together with the Sindarin name ''[[Nindalf]]'' as acquiring the /v/ sound by the final ''-f''.<ref>{{App|E1i }}</ref> [[Didier Willis]] has suggested that ''Fladrif'' is composed of the otherwise unattested words *''flâd'' ("skin") and *''rîf'' ("bark").<ref name=DW>{{webcite|author=[[Didier Willis]]|articleurl=http://www.jrrvf.com/hisweloke/sindar/online/english.html|articlename=Hiswelókë's Sindarin Dictionary|dated=|website=[http://www.jrrvf.com/haut.shtml Jrrvf.com]|accessed=19 March 2012}}</ref>
  
 
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Revision as of 01:01, 19 March 2012

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Skinbark by Gail McIntosh

Skinbark (also known as Fladrif) was, with Treebeard and Leaflock, one of the three oldest Ents of Fangorn Forest. He lived on the slopes above and to the west of Isengard, and so he and his people suffered the most at the hands of Saruman's despoiling Orcs. After many of his folk and tree-herds had been destroyed and he had been wounded, Skinbark moved high up the slopes to be with the birches he most loved and would not come down.[1]

Etymology

Tolkien wrote that Skinbark is the Common Speech (or English) translation of Fladrif.[2] It appears like Fladrif is intended to be Sindarin;[3] the name is mentioned together with the Sindarin name Nindalf as acquiring the /v/ sound by the final -f.[4] Didier Willis has suggested that Fladrif is composed of the otherwise unattested words *flâd ("skin") and *rîf ("bark").[3]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Treebeard"
  2. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 763
  3. 3.0 3.1 Didier Willis, "Hiswelókë's Sindarin Dictionary", Jrrvf.com (accessed 19 March 2012)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix E, "Pronunciation of Words and Names", "Consonants"
Ents
Treebeard (Fangorn) · Leaflock (Finglas) · Skinbark (Fladrif) · Quickbeam (Bregalad) · Beechbone · Fimbrethil (Wandlimb)