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Fictional race of humanoid trees
Common clues:
"Lord of the Rings" tree; Tolkien tree creature; Tolkien's Treebeard, for one; Tolkien forest giant
Crossword puzzle frequency: 7 times a year
Frequency in English language: 30281 / 86800
News: Treebeard from The Lord Of The Rings is living in a Bulgarian forest

Video: Last March of the Ents

The wise speak only of what they know ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Ents are a fictional race of humanoid trees from J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy world of Middle-earth. They appear to have been inspired by the talking trees of many of the world's folklores. At the time The Lord of the Rings takes place, there are no young ents (known as entings) because the entwives (female ents) were lost.

"Treebeard and Hobbits" by Tom Loback.

Treebeard, the oldest living Ent, was described as

...a large Man-like, almost Troll-like, figure, at least fourteen foot high, very sturdy, with a tall head, and hardly any neck. Whether it was clad in stuff like green and grey bark, or whether that was its hide, was difficult to say. At any rate the arms, at a short distance from the trunk, were not wrinkled, but covered with a brown smooth skin. The large feet had seven toes each. The lower part of the long face was covered with a sweeping grey beard, bushy, almost twiggy at the roots, thin and mossy at the ends. But at the moment the hobbits noted little but the eyes. These deep eyes were now surveying them, slow and solemn, but very penetrating.

Ents are a very old race that appeared in Middle-earth when the Elves did. They were apparently created by Eru Ilúvatar at the behest of Yavanna after she learned of Aulë's children, the Dwarves, knowing that they would want to fell trees. Ents were envisioned as Shepherds of the Trees, to protect the forests from Orcs, Dwarves and other perils. Although the Ents were sentient beings at the time of their awakening, they did not know how to speak until the Elves taught them. Treebeard said that the Elves "cured us of dumbness" that it was a great gift that could not be forgotten ("They always wished to talk to everything, the old Elves did.").

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