my name is like a story

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.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers
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