There are, of course, many characters that have enchanted, bewildered or impressed me, and Tom Bombadil, who is seen by many as their favourite character, is a pretty close second for me. However, there is one character that beats all others hands down for me: Fangorn (or Treebeard), The Shepherd of the Trees. I like things ancient and almighty (which is where Tom Bombadil also comes in), but I kind of dislike the Elves for their way of behaving. I like the dwarfs more in that regard. The ents, however, are the greatest characters to me. They know what is important and what is not, they are never hasty and they have the deepest respect for eachother, all of them.
My favourite scenes therefore are also mostly scenes with Treebeard, especially these three:
- "[...] we are now near the roots of The Last Mountain. Part of the name of this place might be Wellinghall, if it were turned into your language. I like it." ~Treebeard~ (The Two Towers, IV: Treebeard)
- "Sheep get like shepherd, and shepherds like sheep, it is said; but slowly, and neither have long in the world." ~Treebeard~ (The Two Towers, IV: Treebeard)
This one is my ABSOLUTE ALL-TIME FAVOURITE, because it is in my eyes true and cracks me up each time I read it:
- "For Ents are more like Elves: less interested in themselves than Men are, and better at getting inside other things. And yet again Ents are more like Men, more changeable than Elves are, and quicker at taking the colour of the outside, you might say. Or better than both: for they are steadier and keep their minds on things longer." ~Treebeard~ (The Two Towers, IV: Treebeard)
The Road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone, and I must follow, if I can.