The ancient wood of Fangorn is mysterious, dark, and ominous; it looms at the edge of all those civilizations nearby, but yet remains almost entirely in secret. Few know of what lies beneath its leafy roof and those who do are, more often than not, wary of its inhabitants - for rumors speak of trees who walk and converse in rolling tongues no other creature dare try to fathom...
"The most ancient of people surviving in the Third Age were the Onodrim or Enyd. Ent was the form of their name in the language of Rohan. They were known to the Eldar in ancient days, and to the Eldar indeed the Ents ascribed not their own tongue but the desire for speech. The language that they had made was unlike all others: slow, sonorous, agglomerated, repetitive, indeed long-winded; formed of a multiplicity of vowel-shades and distinctions of tone and quality which even the lore-masters of the Eldar days had not attempted to represent in writing. They used it only among themselves; but they had no need to keep it secret, for no others could learn it." - Appendix of other races, LotR (Return of the King)
"Ents were, however, themselves skilled in tongues, learning them swiftly and never forgetting them. But they perferred the languages of the Eldar, and loved best the ancient High-elven tongue. The strange words of the Eldar and the names that the Hobbits (Merry and Pippin) record as used by Treebeard and other Ents are thus Elvish, or fragments of Elven-speech strung together in Ent-fashion. Some are Quenya: as Taurelilomea-tumbalemorna Tumbaletaurea Lomeanor, which may be rendered 'Forestnayshadowed-deepvalleyblack. Deepvalleyforested Gloomy-land', and by which Treebeard meant, more or less: 'there is a black shadow in the deep dales of the forest'. Some are Sindarin: as Fangorn 'beard-(of)-tree', or Fimbrethil 'slender-beech'." - Appendix of other races, LotR (Return of the King)
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