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Will Amazon's Lord of the Rings Series Finally Reveal the Entwives' Fate?

CBR logo CBR 7/4/2022 Alicia Walker
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J.R.R. Tolkien's collected works on Middle-earth create a vibrant and detail-rich world that, sadly, Peter Jackson couldn't fully recreate in his epic film trilogy of Lord of the Rings. Given the depth of the material he had to cover, it's not surprising that some details got glossed over or skipped, like the Entwives. Prime Video's series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, offers the opportunity for fans to see some of those characters come to life, and in the latest promo video it looks like that might include the Ents and possibly the Entwives.

The Ents appeared both in the novel and film version of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the trilogy's second installment. Also called treeherders, the Ents are massive beings who are more tree than man, and more man than tree. The only one we get to know in detail is Treebeard, the Ent who helps Merry and Pippin after they escape the clutches of the Uruk-hai Orcs. Through him comes hints about the Entwives, or the females of his kind.

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While they are only mentioned in passing in Jackson's film, Merry and Pippin have several pages of discussion centered on the Entwives and their fate in novel. In the movie, the two hobbits meet Treebeard and go straight to warning him of the danger gathering at Isengard. Whereas in the book, Merry and Pippin meet and strike up a friendship with Treebeard, and even stay at his home. Treebeard presses them for news of the outside world, though he's already aware Saruman is up to no good. Enraged with the details Merry and Pippin provide him of these goings-on, Treebeard sets off to deal with Saruman's evil, a journey during which he and the hobbits discuss the Entwives.

What Happened to Middle-earth's Entwives?

The Ents and Entwives were created by Yavanna to care for all plant life. The Ents loved the forests and focused on communing with trees. The Entwives spawned agriculture, loving small and tender plants and encouraging them to grow fruit. While the male Ents, like Treebeard, withdrew into their forests, the Entwives set out for fertile lowlands. Still, they visited one another. The various wars afflicting Middle-earth pushed the Entwives from their gardens. The first time they moved, Treebeard and the other Ents found them but couldn't stand to be away from their trees and went home. The next time the Ents went to visit, they found the gardens burned and the Entwives gone. They followed rumors of their whereabouts, but never ran across the Entwives, finally giving up and retreating to live amongst the trees.

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Will The Rings of Power Deliver on the Entwives' Fate?

It's possible that The Rings of Power might lay out what really happened to the Entwives. But it's likely that if they do, it will be in such a way that the audience knows their fate, but the characters don't, and here's why. When Merry and Pippin meet Treebeard, the Ent is unaware of the fate of the Entwives, and it's not a mystery solved during the course of the trilogy in either film or book. Since the timeline of the Prime series unfolds before the events of The Lord of the Rings, and even before the events of The Hobbit, the Ents would have no idea what happened with the Entwives, even if the audience does.

While overlooked, the Ents are critical to the success of Frodo and the rest of the Fellowship. Without the Ents, Saruman would have been there to tip the balance in Sauron's favor, and it was the Ents who brought Saruman and Isengard to their knees. Any characters that are so pivotal deserve a little focus in a series, which is projected to run five seasons and is poised to give life to deeper Middle-earth lore.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power premieres Sept. 2 on Prime Video.

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