my name is like a story
November 1, 2010 Leave a comment
In his unhasty conversation with hobbits, Treebeard says:
I’ll call you Merry and Pippin, if you please – nice names. For I am not going to tell you my name, not yet at any rate.
For one thing it would take a long while: my name is growing all the time, and I’ve lived a very long, long time; so my name is like a story. Real names tell you the story of the things they belong to in my language, in the Old Entish as you might say. It is a lovely language, but it takes a very long time to say anything in it, because we do not say anything in it, unless it is worth taking a long time to say, and to listen to.