Treebeard

Track 10 - TTT

 

(2:35) Treebeard convenes an Entmoot. Treebeard meets Merry and Pippin and suspects they're 'little Orcs'.
 

0:00

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Ent Music plays as Treebeard has just announced that, for the first time in ages, there will be an Entmoot. Merry wonders what this all means. "A gathering of what?"

0:10

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Merry hears some odd noises and looks around...

0:14

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...to see Ents moving toward him. A soft choir begins as Treebeard greets them, "Beech, Oak, Chestnut, Ash. Good, good, good. Many have come."

0:14

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echuia- (held till 0:33)

0:36

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We see the face of an Ent. "Now we must decide if the Ents will go to war."

0:47

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Merry and Pippin perk up at the possibility that the Ents will help.

0:47

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-nnen

Even though it appears first in the track, this scene comes after the one that is described next.


The music from 0:54-1:44 is only partially used in the film. The solo bassoon line was left out when it couldn't be adequately mixed with the sound effects of the scene. The marimba, log drum and low string figures were left in.

0:53

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Treebeard is outraged at the suggestion he may be a tree. "I am no tree! I am an Ent."

1:01

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Merry knows what this is, "A treehearder. A shepherd of the forest." Pippin is wary. "Don't talk to it Merry. Don't encourage it."

1:09

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"Treebeard some call me." Pippin wonders whose side he is on but Treebeard is on no one's side. Merry declares, "We're not orcs. We're Hobbits." Treebeard hums... "Hobbits? Never heard of a Hobbit before."


1:44

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Ominous, threatening music Ent Music plays as Treebeard, not trusting Merry's assertion that he and Pippin are Hobbits and believing them to be Orcs, begins to 'squeeze the truth' out of them. He does not like Orcs and tallies up all their faults. "No you don't understand...."

The music from 2:04-2:21 is very similar to another cue where Legolas senses that "the White Wizard approaches." I've included a description of that scene along with the Treebeard, Merry and Pippin scene. Interestingly, the CR-TTT does not have the music that is heard during this Three Hunters' scene and says "The sustained musical build from Legolas’ line, “The trees are speaking to each other,” to the assault on the White Wizard is replaced in the film with sound effects". But that is not the case for this short section that seems to use the music below.

2:04

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"We're Hobbits! Half-lings. Shire folk" ~(Aragorn reacts to Legolas' news. They think it must be Saruman.)~

2:10

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"Maybe you are.."  ~("Do not let him speak. He will put a spell on us.")~

2:14

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"...and maybe you aren't." ~(Aragorn reaches for his sword.)~

2:17

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"The White Wizard will know." ~(Aragorn pulls his sword. Gimli readies his axe. Legolas eyes his surroundings.)~

2:21

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The Hobbits fear what this means. "The White Wizard." "Saruman." Treebeard throws them down in front of a white cloaked figure. ~(Legolas fingers the fletching on his arrow. Aragorn says, "We must be quick." They all turn to confront the White Wizard.)~

You might note that, although this music (1:44 - end) is Entish in flavor (bassoon and wooden percussion), both of the scenes that use it - one with Merry and Pippin and one with the Three Hunters - culminate with meeting the White Wizard. In neither scene do we know, yet, who the White Wizard is.

 

Lyrics 0:14 - 0:52 from “The Ents”

[00:14] e
[00:18] chu
[00:23] ia - held til [00:33]
[00:47] nnen