The hobbits turned back. The voices of the Ents were still rising and falling in their conclave. The sun had now risen high enough to look over the high hedge: it gleamed on the tops of the birches and lit the northward side of the dingle with a cool yellow light. There they saw a little glittering fountain. They walked along the rim of the great bowl at the feet of the evergreens – it was pleasant to feel cool grass about their toes again, and not to be in a hurry – and then they climbed down to the gushing water. – The Lord of the Rings, Volume Two: The Two Towers, Book Three: The Treason Of Isengard, Chapter 4: Treebeard
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Treebeard rumbled for a moment, as if he were pronouncing some deep, subterranean Entish malediction. ‘Some time ago I began to wonder how Orcs dared to pass through my woods so freely,’ he went on. ‘Only lately did I guess that Saruman was to blame, and that long ago he had been spying out all the ways, and discovering my secrets. He and his foul folk are making havoc now. Down on the borders they are felling trees – good trees. Some of the trees they just cut down and leave to rot – orc-mischief that; but most are hewn up and carried off to feed the fires of Orthanc. There is always a smoke rising from Isengard these days.
‘Curse him, root and branch! Many of those trees were my friends, creatures I had known fromnut and acorn; many had voices of their own that are lost for ever now. And there are wastes ofstump and bramble where once there were singing groves. I have been idle. I have let things slip.It must stop!’ – Fangorn. The Lord of the Rings, Volume Two: The Two Towers, Book Three: The Treason Of Isengard, Chapter 4: Treebeard
At last they stood upon the summit, and looked down into a dark pit: the great cleft at the end of the mountains: Nan Curunír, the Valley of Saruman.
– The Lord of the Rings. Vol 2: The Two Towers. Book 3: The Treason of Isengard, Chapter 4: Treebeard.