Tree-beard is the oldest of the Ents, tree-like beings whose purpose is to protect the forest. After the Ents’ victory over Saruman in Isengard, Tree-beard watches over Orthanc, ensuring it is no longer used to evil purposes. However, Tree-beard proves susceptible to Saruman’s persuasive language, and, believing Saruman to have lost all his power, allows him to escape Orthanc.
Tree-beard Character Timeline in The Return of the King
The timeline below shows where the character Tree-beard appears in The Return of the King. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 6, Chapter 6