6
TREEBEARD
You must understand, young Hobbit, it takes a long time to say anything in Old Entish. And we never say anything unless it is worth taking a long time to say.
4
TREEBEARD
We have just agreed...
MERRY
Yes?
TREEBEARD
I have told your names to the Entmoot, and we have agreed you are not orcs.
PIPPIN
Well, that's good news.
4
TREEBEARD
[after seeing the torn-down forest around Isengard] Saruman! A wizard should know better!
TREEBEARD
There is no curse in Elvish, Entish, or the tongues of men for this treachery.
PIPPIN
Look, the trees! They're moving!
MERRY
Where are they going?
TREEBEARD
They have business with the Orcs. My business is with Isengard tonight, with rock and stone. [Ents emerge from the woods, following Treebeard] Hroom, hm, come, my friends. The Ents are going to war. It is likely that we go to our doom. The last march of the Ents.
3
TREEBEARD
I always like going South; somehow, it feels like going downhill.
2
PIPPIN
Turn around. Turn around and take us south!
TREEBEARD
South? But that will... lead you past Isengard.
PIPPIN
Yes. Exactly. If we go south we can slip past Saurman unnoticed. The closer we are to danger the father away we are from harm. It's the last thing he'll expect.
TREEBEARD
Hmm, that doesn't make much sense to me. But then, you are very small. Perhaps you're right. South it is then. I always liked going south. Somehow feels like going downhill.
1
MERRY
It's been going for hours.
PIPPIN
They must have decided something by now.
TREEBEARD
Decided? No, we have just finished saying "Good Morning".
MERRY
But it's night time already! You can't take forever!
TREEBEARD
Now, don't be hasty, master Merriadoc.
MERRY
We're running out of time!
1
PIPPIN
Why are there so few of you, when you live so long? Are there Ent children?
TREEBEARD
[Sadly] Brrharroom. There have been no Entings for a terrible long count of years.
MERRY
Why is that?
TREEBEARD
We lost the Entwives.
PIPPIN
Oh, I'm sorry. How did they die?
TREEBEARD
Die? No. We *lost* them. And now, we cannot *find* them. [hopefully] I don't suppose you've seen Entwives in the Shire?
MERRY
Can't say that I have. You, Pip?
PIPPIN
[thinks for a moment] What do they look like?
TREEBEARD
[pauses] Hrrooom... I... don't... remember... now.
0
TREEBEARD
My home is deep in the forest near the roots of the mountains.
0
PIPPIN
And whose side are you on?
TREEBEARD
Side? I am on nobody's side, because nobody is on my side, little orc.
0
TREEBEARD
We Ents cannot hold back this storm. We must weather such things as we have always done.
MERRY
How can that be your decision?
TREEBEARD
This is not our war.
MERRY
But you're part of this world, aren't you?... You must help... please.