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Ents are fictional tree-like beings in Tolkien's Legendarium. Sentient and capable of speech, they are an ancient race of tree shepherds. This tag should be used, together with the [tolkiens-legendarium] tag, when asking questions about Ents specifically.

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Does Treebeard have any children?

In the books Treebeard laments the ents' loss of their entwives—which is why they can't have children anymore. However the way Treebeard describes the entwives, it seems that they (ents and entwives )...
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Do we ever get more information about the Entwives?

During my recent re-reading of The Two Towers I was struck again by a question that has bothered me since I was a youngling: What on earth is up with the Entwives? Treebeard says they went away in ...
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Why didn't the Ents play a part in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields?

Why didn't the ents play a part in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields? After they defeated Saruman? The ents became angry at Saruman because his army cut down a large number of trees; but Saruman is ...
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What "defenses" is Tolkien talking about?

In the chapter Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age in The Silmarillion, after the final battle of the War of the Last Alliance, the following passage occurs: And northward, beyond the Falls of ...
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What would happen if the Ents got the One Ring?

I read this post from Tumblr via Imgur: My son wanted to know what would happen if an Ent got the One Ring. Something violent, probably. Stones will break, and roots will squeeze, vines will grow ...
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Do the Ents go to the Undying Lands?

In the book The Two Towers Treebeard tells Merry and Pippin the sad story of the Entwives, who were lost (literally lost - they didn't die); he says the Ents believe that they "may meet [the ...
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Who's older: Treebeard or Tom Bombadil?

Tom Bombadil says this to the hobbits, in reply to the question "who are you?": (...) But you are young and I am old. Eldest, that’s what I am. Mark my words, my friends: Tom was here before the ...
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How widespread is arboreal sentience in Lord of the Rings?

I am curious as to what we know about the intelligence of trees/tree-folk in Middle-earth. Certainly, Fangorn forest contains many self-aware trees, whether they are Huorn or Ent. There are hold-overs ...
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Tolkien's history of Elves singing and Ents walking and talking

Background Gandalf, when prompting Théoden to get him to understand from his memory who might have brought the forest to fight the Orcs at Helm's Deep, states (bold added): It is not wizardry, but ...
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Is Treebeard the first Ent? If not, who was the first Ent?

Treebeard is said to be; 'The oldest Ent alive' This suggests that Treebeard might not have been the first Ent. If he was the first Ent, then he would be at least Three Ages old! This sounds rather ...
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Are Ents immortal? If not, what's their lifespan?

Treebeard is the oldest Ent. And many of the other Ents are considerably old too. Now, if Treebeard is the first Ent (see my other question), he must have lived through at least 3 ages of time on Arda:...
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How do ents reproduce?

In the books, Treebeard laments about the loss of Entwives (female ents), hence why there will be no Entlings (ent children). This made me wonder actually how ents breed? Ents are a mix of trees and ...
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Was Groot inspired by Tolkien's Ents?

Related: What is the inspiration behind Tolkien's Ents? The Ents/Onodrim and Groot are both walking, "talking" (quotes in terms of Groot) tree-like beings. Groot was first shown in Marvel comics in ...
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Have the Ents ever developed technology?

They're smart, and they have got cool beards. But do the Ents ever develop any forms of technology? Everyone has cool stuff, and the trees are smarter than the Hobbits and they never developed a ...
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Is The Spirit of Carnan possibly an Entwife?

In the video game Middle Earth: Shadow of War, the protagonist Talion ends up disturbing the Spirit of Carnan, an Ent-like being who controls & defends her section of forest. Given that the Ents ...
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Were Tolkien's Ents inspired by Blackwood's "The Man Whom the Trees Loved"?

Reading 'The Man Whom the Trees Loved' by Algernon Blackwood, I find myself wondering if this is a case of parallel evolution, or whether JRRT was influenced by this material in working up the Ents. ...
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Treebeard: "I always like going South, somehow it feels like going downhill." - Is it really?

In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002 movie), Treebeard says: I always like going South, somehow it feels like going downhill. Is there a difference in elevation or something that can ...
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How many Ents were at the Entmoot?

Whilst rereading The Lord of the Rings, I came to the part with the Ents. Curiously, the book gives the impression that there were many Ents at the Entmoot, or at least far more than the movie would ...
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Did the Ents and the Númenóreans ever clash?

Númenóreans are known to have leveled large forests in Eriador and in (the later) Gondor in their greed for shipbuilding-wood. Did they ever have trouble with the Ents?
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What is the fate of all Ents who die? [duplicate]

After death, the Elves would spawn in the Halls of Mandos and remain there until the end of days, Man will leave Arda, never to return, and Dwarves will return to the Earth from which they were made. ...
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Did the Ent-Wives become trolls? [duplicate]

In LOTR, is the disappearance of the Ent-Wives during or before the War of the Last Alliance connected with the appearance of the Trolls? Since Orcs were corrupted Elves, did Sauron enslave the Ent-...
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Would Ents be more like humans or trees?

Ents, at first look, are big trees. When the Ents start to move around they become a more human like creature. Do they breath and eat or do they use photosynthesis? Are they made of real wood or is it ...
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What was the purpose of the creation of the Ents?

The Ents were walking and talking tree-like beings who dwelled in Forests, most famously Fangorn Forest. What was the original purpose for Ents in Middle-Earth?
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Doesn't Radagast care about trees?

In the book The Two Towers, Treebeard refers to Gandalf as "the only wizard that really cares about trees". But in Fellowship of the Ring, we met the wizard Radagast the Brown, whose special focus is ...
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How many Entmoots do we know about?

In LOTR (the movie at least, not sure about the book) Treebeard says of the Entmoot: "something is about to happen that has not happened for an age." How many Entmoots do we know about? Did Tolkien ...