60 Treebeard Quotes That All Lord Of The Rings Fans Will Love

Moumita Dutta
Dec 12, 2023 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Jan 12, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
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Treebeard is the "oldest living thing that still walks beneath the Sun upon this Middle-earth" as described by Gandalf.

Quotes by Treebeard are really inspiring and they give a fresh perspective towards life. Treebeard is often liked by readers and one of the favorite characters of die-hard 'Lord Of The Rings' fans.

Treebeard, also known as Fangorn is a giant walking tree character penned by J. R. R. Tolkien. Treebeard lives in an ancient forest called the Forest of Fangorn.

A 14 feet high tree of 17,051 years of age, who appears in two books of the famous series 'Lord Of The Rings' - 'The Two Towers' and 'The Return of the King'.

Children often find this 'Lord Of The Rings' talking tree very amusing and thus LOTR treebeard quotes are very popular at birthday parties. Fun fact: Treebeard knows a lot of languages including Old Entish.

If you like these quotes by Treebeard, you might also be interested in other articles like 'Lord Of The Rings' Quotes and Tolkien Quotes.

Wisest Quotes By Treebeard

Treebeard quotes 'Two Towers' are some of the wisest ones. Tolkien's Ents and Ent quotes cannot be left out of a Treebeard LOTR quotes list. So, here are some wisest 'Lord Of The Rings' Treebeard quotes.

1. "Things will go as they will; and there is no need to hurry to meet them."

- 'The Two Towers'.

2."Hrum, now, well, I am an Ent, or that's what they call me. Yes, Ent is the word. The Ent, I am, you might say, in your manner of speaking. Fangorn is my name according to some, Treebeard others make it. Treebeard will do."

- 'The Two Towers'.

3. "I do not like worrying about the future. "

- 'The Two Towers'.

4. "'I am not going to tell you my name, not yet at any rate.' A queer half-knowing, half-humorous look came with a green flicker into his eyes."

- 'The Two Towers'.

5. "Real names tell you the story of things they belong to in my language, in the Old Entish as you might say."

- 'The Two Towers'.

6. ". . . But let them march now and sing! We have a long way to go, and there is time ahead for thought. It is something to have started."

- 'The Two Towers'.

7. "Side? I am on nobody's side, because nobody is on my side, little orc."

- 'The Return of the King'.

8. "Never is too long a word even for me…"

- 'The Return of the King'.

9. "It is a lovely language, but it takes a very long time to say anything in it, unless it is worth taking a long time to say, and to listen to."

- 'The Two Towers'.

10. "Some of my kin look just like trees now, and need something great to rouse them; and they speak only in whispers. But some of my trees are limb-lithe, and many can talk to me."

- 'The Two Towers'.

11. "But I spoke hastily. We must not be hasty. I have become too hot. I must cool myself and think; for it is easier to shout stop! then to do it."

- 'The Two Towers'.

12. "But there, my friends, songs like trees bear fruit only in their own time and their own way: and sometimes they are withered untimely."

- 'The Two Towers'.

13. "My home is deep in the forest near the roots of the mountain"

- 'The Two Towers'.

14. "Hill. Yes, that was it. But it is a hasty word for a thing that has stood here ever since this part of the world was shaped. Never mind. Let us leave it, and go."

- 'The Two Towers'.

15. "Indeed I have not seen them roused like this for many an age. We Ents do not like being roused; and we never are roused unless it is clear to us that our trees and our lives are in great danger."

- 'The Two Towers'.

16. "I promised Gandalf I would keep you safe and safe is where I'll keep you."

- 'The Two Towers'.

17. "I always like going South; somehow, it feels like going downhill"

- 'The Two Towers'.

18. "My name is growing all the time, and I've lived very long long time; so my name is like a story."

- 'The Two Towers'.

19. "Out of the shadows, the hobbits peeped, gazing back down the slope: little furtive figures that in the dim light looked like elf-children in the deeps of time peering out of the Wild Wood in wonder at their first Dawn."

- 'The Two Towers'.

20. "A queer stifling feeling came over them as if the air was too thin or too scanty for breathing."

- The Two Towers'.

21. "'Almost felt you liked the Forest! That's good! That's uncommonly kind of you,' said a strange voice. 'Turn round and let me have a look at your faces. I almost feel that I dislike you both, but do not let us be hasty. Turn around!'"

- 'The Two Towers'.

23. "One felt as if there was an enormous well behind them, filled up with ages of memory and long, slow, steady thinking; but their surface were sparkling with the present; like sun shimmering on the outer leaves of a vast tree, or on the ripples of a very deep lake."

- 'The Two Towers'.

24. "When that happens to a tree, you find that some have bad hearts. Still, we do what we can. We keep off strangers and the foolhardy; and we train and we teach, we walk and we weed."

- 'The Two Towers'.

25. "Elves began it, of course, waking trees up and teaching them to speak and learn their tree-talk.

They always wished to talk to everything, the old Elves did. But then the Great Darkness came, and they passed away over the Sea, or fled into far valleys and hid themselves, and made songs about days that would never come again. Never again."

- 'The Two Towers'.

26. "I am not altogether on anybody's side, because nobody is altogether on my side, if you understand me: nobody cares for the woods as I care for them, not even Elves nowadays."

- 'The Two Towers'.

27. "Curse him, root and branch! Many of those trees were my friends, creatures I had known from nut and acorn; many had voices of their own that are lost forever now. And there is a waste of stump and bramble where once there were singing groves. I have been idle. I have let things slip. It must stop!"

- 'The Two Towers'.

28. "I have brought you a companion. He has an ent-house nearby. Bregalad is his Elvish name. He says he has already made up his mind and does not need to remain at the Moot. Hm, hm, he is the nearest thing among us to a hasty Ent. You ought to get on together. Good-bye!"

- 'The Two Towers'.

Movie Quotes By Treebeard

Treebeard in 'Lord Of The Rings' movies also has interesting dialogues. Treebeard the Ent talks to Ent hobbit and other characters.

Thanks to his advise "Don't be hasty", Treebeard has been the famous talking tree in 'Lord Of The Rings' who talks sense in others. Here's a list of dialogues by the Ent tree 'Lord Of The Rings' in various film adaptations of the books.

29. "Side? I am on no one's side, because no one is on my side."

- 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers'.

30. "Come, my friends. The Ents are going to war. It is likely that we go to our doom. The last march of the Ents."

- 'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers'.

31. "Treebeard: The Ents cannot hold back this storm. We must weather such things as we have always done.

Merry: How can that be your decision?!

Treebeard: This is not our war.

Merry: But you're part of this world! Aren't you?!"

- 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers'.

32. "Treebeard: You must understand, young Hobbit, it takes a long time to say anything in Old Entish. And we never say anything unless it is worth taking a long time to say.

Merry: [of the Entmoot] It's been going for hours.

Pippin: They must have decided something by now.

Treebeard: Decided? No, we have just finished saying "Good Morning".

- 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers'.

33. "Young master Gandalf, I'm glad you've come. Wood and water, stock and stone I can master, but there's a wizard to manage here. Locked in his tower."

- 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King'.

34. "The filth of Saruman is washing away. Trees will come back here - young trees, wild trees."

- 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King'.

35. "Treebeard: [after seeing the torn-down forest around Isengard] Saruman! A wizard should know better!"

- 'The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers'.

36. "Pippin: Look, the trees! They're moving!

Merry: Where are they going?

Treebeard: They have business with the Orcs. My business is with Isengard tonight, with rock and stone."

- 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King'.

37. "Treebeard: We have just agreed...

Merry: Yes?

Treebeard: I have told your names to the Entmoot, and we have agreed you are not Orcs.

Pippin: Well, that's good news."

- 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King'.

38. "I believe you will enjoy this next one. It is one of my own compositions. Right, ahem. 'Beneath the roof of sleeping leaves and dreams of trees untold, When woodland halls are green and cool, and the wind is in the west, Come back to me. Come back to me, And say my land is best.'"

- 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King'.

39. "That doesn't make sense to me. But, then again, you are very small."

- 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King'.

40. "They come with fire, they come with axes... gnawing, biting, breaking, hacking, burning! Destroyers and usurpers, curse them!"

- 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King'.

Inspiring Quotes By Treebeard

The 'Lord Of The Rings' tree, Ent Treebeard, has some very inspirational quotes from the books by Tolkien. Talking in Ent language, the tree from LOTR has become a great source of inspiration for many.

41. "Those were the broad days! Time was when I could walk and sing all day and hear no more than the echo of my own voice in the hollow hills. The woods were like the woods of Lothlórien, only thicker, stronger, younger. And the smell of the air! I used to spend a week just breathing."

- 'The Two Towers'.

42. "There is no curse in Elvish, Entish or the tongues of Men for this treachery!"

- 'The Two Towers'.

43. "The world is changing: I feel it in the water, I feel it in the earth, and I smell it in the air!"

- 'The Two Towers'.

44. "Hobbits? Never heard of a Hobbit before. Sounds like Orc mischief to me!"

- 'The Two Towers'.

45. "Likely enough that we are going to our doom: the last march of the Ents. But if we stayed at home and did nothing, doom would find us anyway, sooner or later.

That thought has long been growing in our hearts; and that is why we are marching now. It was not a hasty resolve. Now at least the last march of the Ents may be worth a song."

- 'The Two Towers'.

46. "'Yes', said Pippin; 'I'm afraid this is only a passing gleam, and it will go grey again. What a pity! This shaggy old forest looked so different in the sunlight. I almost felt I liked the place.'"

- 'The Two Towers'.

47. "Things have changed. Some of us are still true Ents, and lively enough in our fashion, but many are growing sleepy, going tree-ish, as you might say.

Most of the trees are just trees, of course; but many are half awake. Some are quite wide awake, and a few are, well, ah, well getting Entish. That is going on all the time."

- 'The Two Towers'.

48. "I told him many things that he would never have found out by himself; but he never repaid me in like kind.

I cannot remember that he ever told me anything. And he got more and more like that; his face, as I remember it - I have not seen it for many a day - became like windows in a stone wall: windows with shutters inside."

- 'The Two Towers'.

49. "But if I had seen you before I heard your voices — I liked them: nice little voices; they reminded me of something I cannot remember — if I had seen you before I heard you, I should have just trodden on you, taking you for little orcs, and found out my mistake afterwards. which book"

- 'The Two Towers'.

50. "Never is too long a word even for me..."

- 'The Return Of The King'.

Ent Songs And Poems

'Lord Of The Rings' talking trees were interesting characters in the book. 'Lord Of The Rings' Ent quotes and poems were also beautifully written. Here's a list of LOTR tree Ent poems, including a Treebeard poem.

51. "We come, we come with roll of drum: ta-runda runda runda rom!

We come, we come with horn and drum: ta-runa runa runa rom!"

- 'The Two Towers'.

52. "To Isengard! Though Isengard be ringed and barred with doors of stone;

Though Isengard be strong and hard, as cold as stone and bare as bone,

We go, we go, we go to war, to hew the stone and break the door;"

- 'The Two Towers'.

53. "For bole and bough are burning now, the furnace roars – we go to war!

To land of gloom with tramp of doom, with roll of drum, we come, we come;

To Isengard with doom we come!

With doom we come, with doom we come!"

- 'The Two Towers'.

54. "When spring unfolds the beechen-leaf and sap is in the bough,

When light is on the wild-wood stream, and wind is on the brow,

When stride is long, and breath is deep, and keen the mountain air,

Come back to me! Come back to me, and say my land is fair!"

- 'The Two Towers'.

55. "When Spring is come to garth and field, and corn is in the blade,

When blossom like a shining snow is on the orchard laid,

When sun and shower upon the earth with fragrance fill the air,

I'll linger here, and will not come, because my land is fair."

- Entwife, 'The Two Towers'.

56. "When Summer lies upon the world, and in a noon of gold

Beneath the roof of sleeping leaves the dreams of trees unfold,

When woodland halls are green and cool, and wind is in the West,

Come back to me! Come back to me, and say my land is best!"

- 'The Two Towers'.

57. "When Summer warms the hanging fruit and burns the berry brown;

When straw is gold, and ear is white, and harvest comes to town;

When honey spills, and apple swells, though wind be in the West,

I'll linger here beneath the Sun, because my land is best!"

- Entwife, 'The Two Towers'.

58. "When Winter comes, the winter wild that hill and wood shall slay;

When trees shall fall and starless night devour the sunless day;

When wind is in the deadly East, then in the bitter rain

I'll look for thee, and call to thee; I'll come to thee again!"

- 'The Two Towers'.

59. "When Winter comes, and singing ends; when darkness falls at last;

When broken is the barren bough, and light and labour past;

I'll look for thee, and wait for thee, until we meet again:

Together we will take the road beneath the bitter rain!"

- Entwife, 'The Two Towers'.

60. "Together we will take the road that leads into the West,

And far away will find a land where both our hearts may rest."

-Ent and Entwife, 'The Two Towers'.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Treebeard Quotes article then why not take a look at Hobbit quotes, or Samwise Gamgee quotes?

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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