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''For the chapter of [[The Two Towers]] entitled '''Treebeard''', please see [[Treebeard (chapter)]].''
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[[Image:John Howe - Treebeard.jpg|thumb|250px|''Treebeard'' by [[John Howe]]]]
 
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'''Treebeard''', also known as '''Fangorn''', was the oldest of the [[Ents]], a tree-like being who was a sort of "shepherd of trees". Very tall and stiff-limbed, with bark-like skin and leafy hair, he befriended [[Meriadoc Brandybuck]] ("Merry") and [[Peregrin Took]] ("Pippin") after they escaped from [[Orcs]]. He lived in [[Fangorn Forest]], which was named after him (or he after it).
 
'''Treebeard''', also known as '''Fangorn''', was the oldest of the [[Ents]], a tree-like being who was a sort of "shepherd of trees". Very tall and stiff-limbed, with bark-like skin and leafy hair, he befriended [[Meriadoc Brandybuck]] ("Merry") and [[Peregrin Took]] ("Pippin") after they escaped from [[Orcs]]. He lived in [[Fangorn Forest]], which was named after him (or he after it).
  
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== Portrayal in Adaptations ==
 
== Portrayal in Adaptations ==
In [[Ralph Bakshi]]'s 1978 animated adaptation of ''[[Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings|The Lord of the Rings]]'', [[John Westbrook]] provides the voice of Treebeard. [[Stephen Thorne]] voices the character in [[The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series)|BBC Radio's 1981 serialisation]].
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'''1978: ''[[Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings|The Lord of the Rings]]'':'''
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:[[John Westbrook]] provides the voice of Treebeard. His actions in the overthrow of Isengard are not mentioned: he merely brings Merry and Pippin to Gandalf.
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'''1981: ''[[The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series)|BBC Radio's The Lord of the Rings]]'':'''
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:[[Stephen Thorne]] provided the voice of Treebeard.
  
[[Image:Treebeard.jpeg|thumb|left|''Treebeard'' in [[Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings]]]]
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[[Image:Treebeard.jpeg|thumb|right|''Treebeard'' in [[Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings]]]]
In ''[[Peter Jackson's The Two Towers]]'' (2002) and ''[[Peter Jackson's The Return of the King|The Return of the King]]'' (2003), Treebeard is a combination of a large animatronic model and a CGI construct; his voice is performed by [[John Rhys-Davies]], who also plays [[Gimli]].
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'''2002: ''[[Peter Jackson's The Two Towers]]'':'''
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:Treebeard is a combination of a large animatronic model and a CGI construct; his voice is performed by [[John Rhys-Davies]], who also plays [[Gimli]].
  
In the movie ''The Two Towers'', the Ents at the [[Entmoot]] initially decline Merry and Pippin's request for help. Treebeard is carrying the hobbits through the forest, when Pippin gets an idea. He asks Treebeard to carry them towards [[Isengard]], because that is the last place [[Saruman]] would look for them. When Treebeard gets close to the forest's edge, he sees the devastation wrought by Saruman's orcs. The trees have all been chopped down to serve as fuel for Saruman's war machine. Treebeard then makes a momentous decision, and calls for the other Ents. They attack Isengard and manage to flood it.
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:The Ents at the [[Entmoot]] initially decline Merry and Pippin's request for help. Treebeard is carrying the hobbits through the forest, when Pippin gets an idea. He asks Treebeard to carry them towards [[Isengard]], because that is the last place [[Saruman]] would look for them. When Treebeard gets close to the forest's edge, he sees the devastation wrought by Saruman's orcs. The trees have all been chopped down to serve as fuel for Saruman's war machine. Treebeard then makes a momentous decision, and calls for the other Ents. They attack Isengard and manage to flood it.
  
In the book, Merry and Pippin speak at the Entmoot, helping Treebeard convince the other ents to attack Saruman without any such trickery.
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'''2003: ''[[Peter Jackson's The Return of the King]]'':'''
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:Treebeard, fully CGI, makes some last appearances at Isengard.  
  
=== See Also ===
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== See Also ==
 
* [[:Category:Images of Treebeard|Images of Treebeard]]
 
* [[:Category:Images of Treebeard|Images of Treebeard]]
  

Revision as of 10:30, 11 January 2009

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Treebeard by John Howe

Treebeard, also known as Fangorn, was the oldest of the Ents, a tree-like being who was a sort of "shepherd of trees". Very tall and stiff-limbed, with bark-like skin and leafy hair, he befriended Meriadoc Brandybuck ("Merry") and Peregrin Took ("Pippin") after they escaped from Orcs. He lived in Fangorn Forest, which was named after him (or he after it).

Like most Ents, Treebeard took a long time to make up his mind. He repeatedly spoke of not "being hasty". Treebeard is described along with Tom Bombadil as the oldest being in Middle-earth. Treebeard however said that there were trees in Fangorn that were "older than he."

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Etymology

Treebeard is the direct translation of the Sindarin name Fangorn (from fang = "beard" and orn = "tree").

Inspiration

Treebeard was inspired in many ways by C.S. Lewis including his speech patterns and some aspects of his personality; a loud, bombastic man known for his powerful stride and overwhelming presence.

Portrayal in Adaptations

1978: The Lord of the Rings:

John Westbrook provides the voice of Treebeard. His actions in the overthrow of Isengard are not mentioned: he merely brings Merry and Pippin to Gandalf.

1981: BBC Radio's The Lord of the Rings:

Stephen Thorne provided the voice of Treebeard.

2002: Peter Jackson's The Two Towers:

Treebeard is a combination of a large animatronic model and a CGI construct; his voice is performed by John Rhys-Davies, who also plays Gimli.
The Ents at the Entmoot initially decline Merry and Pippin's request for help. Treebeard is carrying the hobbits through the forest, when Pippin gets an idea. He asks Treebeard to carry them towards Isengard, because that is the last place Saruman would look for them. When Treebeard gets close to the forest's edge, he sees the devastation wrought by Saruman's orcs. The trees have all been chopped down to serve as fuel for Saruman's war machine. Treebeard then makes a momentous decision, and calls for the other Ents. They attack Isengard and manage to flood it.

2003: Peter Jackson's The Return of the King:

Treebeard, fully CGI, makes some last appearances at Isengard.

See Also