We Speak Through Music by Virodeil

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How did the Ents learn their unique, beautiful language? Surely not from the Elves? Because if the Elves did teach them, then Legolas must have known about it… Fangorn hid many secrets, indeed, but not all of them were about the old, old forest of his. Legolas and Gimli were lucky; they got the privilege of sharing one of the most important secrets to be ever shared by the Ent-kind.


For Teitho June 2009: "Strange Encounters." Nominated in the MEFAwards 2010.

Story Notes:

Thank you for:
The Lauderdale, and
Thundera Tiger,
for the lovely reviews you have given this story in the MEFAwards 2010. I highly appreciate your contributions, and cherish those reviews.

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1. We Speak Through Music by Virodeil [Reviews - 1] (3810 words)

Half of this story is set before the rebellion of the Ñoldor, when Oromë’s hunting party still went to Middle Earth often. Treebeard (Fangorn, in this story) was yet young at that time. And, because of the timeline, the Elves who populated the land (Beleriand, then, not Middle-earth proper) were the Sindar and Nandar and Avari. The Elvish spoken about here is Sindarin, but it could also refer to Nandorin.


The references to the history of the Ents point much towards Elves, but I saw some gaps there to be filled. I read somewhere that one of the hobbits – either Merry or Pippin – asked Treebeard… or perhaps it was Quickbeam… if they were not afraid that their intentions would be discovered through their language, but the Ent said that no one could possibly imitate nor understand the Entish. If you remember the exact passage, please tell me. (That would help me sharpen the story, and you would get my endless thanks for it.)


The question that sparked this piece was: If the Elves woke the trees up and cured the Ents from their dumbness, then who taught the Ents their unique language? How did they develop it?


References: (Taken from the E-book version of the Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, the Two Towers, Book III, Chapter 4: Treebeard.)


“I've lived a very long, long time; some name is like a story. Real names tell you the story of the things they belong to in my language, in the Old Entish as you might say. It is a lovely language, but it takes a very long time to say anything in it, because we do not say anything in it, unless it is worth taking a long time to say, and to listen to.” (p. 57)


“Elves began it, of course, waking trees up and teaching them to speak and learning their tree-talk. They always wished to talk to everything, the old Elves did.” (p. 60)


“Still, I take more kindly to Elves than to others: it was the Elves that cured us of dumbness long ago, and that was a great gift that cannot be forgotten, though our ways have parted since.” (p. 64)

Story Information

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Other: Treebeard
Genres: Frame story (tale-within-a-tale)
Places: Fangorn Forest
Times: Multi-age
Warnings: None
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 3810    |    Read Count: 1163
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 01/29/11    |    Published: 01/29/11