The Losing of the Entwives  

TOPIC: The losing of the Entwives

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Date: Thurs, Jan 10 2008 9:07 am
From: James Parton


As a lover of JRR Tolkiens novels here is one of my most favorite
passages in LOTR.

Hopefully us ents don't lose our wives! ( That happened to me once. )

The losing of the Entwives.

"When the world was young, and the woods were wide and wild,
the Ents had the Entwives - and there were Entmaidens then: ah!
the loveliness of Fimbrethil, of Wandlimb the lightfooted, in the
days of our youth! - they walked together and they housed together.
But our hearts did not go on growing in the same way: the Ents gave
their love to things that they met in the world, and the Entwives
gave their thoughts to other things, for the Ents loved the great trees,
and the wild woods, and the slopes of the high hills; and they drank
of the mountain-streams, and ate only such fruit as the trees let
fall in their path; and they learned of the Elves and spoke with the
Trees.  But the Entwives gave their minds to the lesser trees, and to the
meads in the sunshine beneath the feet of the forests; and they saw the
sloe in the thicket, and the wild apple and the cherry blossoming in spring,
and the green herbs in the waterlands in summer, and the seeding grasses
in the autumn fields. They did not desire to speak with these things;
but they wished them to hear and obey what was said to them."

The Two Towers:   Treebeard

James Parton

TOPIC: The losing of the Entwives

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Date: Thurs, Jan 10 2008 5:23 pm
From: "Ariel"


I've almost given up on this group, but I had to reply to this because it
made me smile. I've been called 'Entwife' by my local Tolkien group for
looks and avocation for many years now. It's a name I've worn proudly.
Thank you for sharing this.


== 2 of 4 ==
Date: Thurs, Jan 10 2008 6:20 pm
From: Carolyn Summers

Perhaps we are entmaidens, since none of us are married to any of these
Carolyn Summers
63 Ferndale Drive
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

== 3 of 4 ==
Date: Thurs, Jan 10 2008 8:53 pm
From: James Parton


ENTS needs more varying posts at times. Forestry issues and tree
measuring have their place here but ENTS should be about all
concerning trees. That includes fiction, folklore & even religion. I
await Bob's tales from Jani's books.....

You Welcome. Expect more!: James Parton

== 4 of 4 ==
Date: Thurs, Jan 10 2008 8:54 pm
From: James Parton


The books mention entmaidens and entings.


TOPIC: The losing of the Entwives

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Date: Tues, Jan 15 2008 4:07 pm
From: Matthew Hannum

Ah, the Ents!

If I could come back as any creature of myth, an Ent would be the one
for more. To see entire ages of the world, to live amid the wilds and
trees completely free and self-sufficient, and to pack a mean enough
punch that nobody would dare come into your woods and "high-grade" it,
or whatever the "Manlings" call their desire to cut down trees.

I thought I read somewhere that the idea for the Ents was born when a
young relative of Tolkien (a niece, nephew, child, etc.) saw people
cutting down some large, old trees nearby and commented, "What if the
trees could fight back?"

Makes you wonder...


TOPIC: The losing of the Entwives

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Date: Tues, Jan 15 2008 9:18 pm
From: James Parton


I have read that it was Tolkiens exposure to the industrial revolution
that spurred him on creating the ents. If they existed today, man
would find a way to exploit them. To study them. To make money off of
them...If they fought back Man would destroy them. How sad it would

" Together, my lord Sauron, we shall rule this Middle-earth. The old
world will burn in the fires of industry. Forests will fall. A new
order will rise. We will drive the machine of war with the sword and
the spear and the iron fist of the orc. " Saruman.

This quote from LOTR has always caught me. It fits much of mankind to
a tee!!

James Parton.