Fangorn

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Area.png Fangorn
Region: East Rohan
Dungeon(s): Fangorn's Edge
Roots of Fangorn
Landmark(s): Treebeard's Hill
Limlight Glade
Derndingle
Connecting
Area(s):
Eaves of Fangorn
Balewood
Wildermore
Entwash Vale
Limlight Gorge
Isengard
Isengard (after)
Entwood
Levels: Mainly 75 - 85
Resource tier: T8
Fangorn Forest

NPC-icon.png
Treebeard
Image of Treebeard
Race Ent
Region Fangorn
Area West Rohan
Settlement Isengard
Map Ref [45.6S, 89.1W]

Lore

Fangorn is the name of Treebeard ... or Treebeard is the name of Fangorn, he is not quite certain which came first!
Treebeard, the Ent, the oldest Shepherd of the Trees, once over saw forests which stretched from one edge of Middle-earth to the other.
According to Elrond: "Time was when a squirrel could go from tree to tree from what is now the Shire to Dunland west of Isengard." Of this vast forest, according to Treebeard, Fangorn forest was "just the East End".
And indeed, you rescued a walking tree in Bindbole Wood, in the North Farthing. (Quest:Web-cutter)
You have previously encountered remnants of this ancient wood in The Old Forest of Bree-land where traces of the Entwives can be found in their flowers. (Deed: Flowers of the Old Forest), in Mirkwood, corrupted by Sauron. The Brown Lands contain the garden of the Entwives.
One wonders who is older -- Treebeard or Tom Bombadil?


Fangorn Forest, in the North of Rohan, bordering on the Misty Mountains, was the oldest part of Treebeard's realm, it was here the Ents retreated.
Treebeard maintained several Ent-houses in Fangorn Forest, with the one at Wellinghall in the flanks of Methedras (the southernmost peak of the Misty Mountains, overlooking Isengard; it was also the source of the River Isen), including a tree-lined courtyard, furnishings of different kinds, and a rocky bay with a curtain of falling water.

Location

The fabled Forest of Fangorn is encountered from multiple zones.
One first encounters it on the edge of the Ring of Isengard from the Ox-clan Merchant Camp, in the instance, Fangorn's Edge.
Next, one brushes UNDER the Edge of Fangorn while in the Limlight Gorge area of the Great River in another instance, the Roots of Fangorn
Then there are two large questing areas -- the Eaves of Fangorn, north of the Entwash Vale and the Balewood in Wildermore, both in East Rohan. These are normal questing areas, traversed also as part of the Epic Quest line.
In Update 13: The Breaking of Isengard, the Entwood connects with Isengard (after), the Westfold, Broadacres, and the Eaves of Fangorn
Also, in Update 13, Treebeard, the Ent, makes frequent appearances in the Epic Qust line:
culminating at the foot of the steps of Orthanc in Isengard (after) where he completes Merry's tale: Quest: Interlude: Last March of the Ents.

Quests

  • Limilight Gorge cluster - Roots of Fangorn - lvl 75 6-man (Part of Great River quest Pack)
  • Update 13: The Breaking of Isengard - Lvl 95

Additional Lore

In the Willow-meads Of Tasarinan

The Road Goes Ever On is a song cycle that has been published as sheet music and as an audio recording. The music was written by Donald Swann, and the words are taken from poems in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth writings, especially The Lord of the Rings.

With Tolkien's approval, Donald Swann wrote the music for this song cycle, and much of the music resembles English traditional music or folk music. The sole exception is the Quenya song "Namárië," which was based on a tune by Tolkien himself and which has some affinities to Gregorian chant.

Of particular interest here, Swann composed: "In the Willow-meads Of Tasarinan". From The Lord of the Rings vol. 2, The Two Towers, Book 3, Chapter 4

Treebeard's description of Fangorn to Merry and Pippin as he strode through Fangorn on his way to Wellinghall.

In the willow-meads of Tasarinan I walked in the Spring.
Ah! the sight and the smell of the Spring in Nan-tasarion!
And I said that was good.
I wandered in Summer in the elm-woods of Ossiriand.
Ah! the light and the music in the Summer by the Seven Rivers of Ossir!
And I thought that was best.
To the beeches of Neldoreth I came in the Autumn.
Ah! the gold and the red and the sighing of leaves in the Autumn in Taur-na-neldor!
It was more than my desire.
To the pine-trees upon the highland of Dorthonion I climbed in the Winter.
Ah! the wind and the whiteness and the black branches of Winter upon Orod-na-Thôn!
My voice went up and sang in the sky.
And now all those lands lie under the wave,
And I walk in Ambarona, in Tauremorna, in Aldalómë,
In my own land, in the country of Fangorn,
Where the roots are long,
And the years lie thicker than the leaves
In Tauremornalómë.

After finishing this song Treebeard walked on silently through the silent woods. [1]

Many Partings

Said Fangorn the Ent to Galadriel and Celeborn: 'Long, long ago when we met by stock and by stone, A vanimar, vanimálion nostari! It is sad that we should meet only thus at the ending. For the world is changing: I feel it in the water, I feel it in the earth, and I smell it in the air. I do not think that we shall meet again. And Celeborn said: 'I do not know, Eldest.' But Galadriel said: 'Not in Middle-earth, nor until the the lands that lie under the wave are lifted up again. Then in the willow-meads of Tasarinan we may meet in the Spring. Farewell!'[2]

Reference

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Treebeard"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King, "Many partings"