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No certain dates are known1
Dwelt in an Ent-house relatively close to the dell of Derndingle
Derived from the hastiness of the Ent2
Other names


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Hastiest of Ents

One of the younger Ents of Fangorn Forest belonging to the people of Skinbark. His name (a translation of Elvish Bregalad) was given because of uncharacteristic hastiness. The rowan-trees in his keeping suffered greatly at the hands of Saruman's Orcs, and he played a great part in the Ents' resulting attack on Isengard.



Tolkien consistently implies that Quickbeam is one of the younger Ents, but where Ents are concerned, 'young' is a very relative term. Quickbeam says of himself that he was an Enting 'many many years ago in the quiet of the world'. This is rather cryptic, but it can be taken to suggest that he was alive during the distant past of the First Age. (Quickbeam's quote comes from The Two Towers IV 3 Treebeard).


'Quickbeam' is also a traditional name for the tree known as the rowan or mountain ash, and given that this Ent had a particular fondness for rowan-trees, the choice of this name was doubtless intended to emphasise the connection. In modern English, a 'beam' is a broad branch of a tree, but in Old English béam could also refer to the tree itself. So 'Quickbeam' is more literally 'quick tree', which is also the meaning of this Ent's Elvish name of Bregalad.

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