Guarding the Fangorn.
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Treebeard, also known as Fangorn, was the oldest of the ents left in Middle-earth, an ancient tree-like being who is a "shepherd of trees". He has a very tall and stiff-limbed appearance, with bark-like skin and leafy hair. According to the books, ents are much stronger than trolls, as trolls are just crude imitations of ents.
Treebeard was the oldest ent who ever lived. He was so old that he remembered the time of elves teaching the trees to speak, recalling how they wanted to talk to everything. In the time when Middle-earth was a giant forest, Treebeard roamed the land, presumably with his love, Fimbrethil. But after the loss of the Entwives, he and the remaining ents dwelt in the Forest of Fangorn, essentially isolating themselves from the outside world.
With the arrival of the Istari in the year TA 1000 of the Third Age, Saruman came to Fangorn and befriended Treebeard, and would often visit him. The two would talk, discussing various subjects, with Saruman gathering information about the forest itself, and in particular its intertwining paths. As the years passed and with no Entings due to the loss of the Entwives, the number of ents fell. Some ents in their old age became still and silent, almost becoming tree like as they slumbered. Treebeard, Finglas, Fladrif, Quickbeam and around fifty remained, some younger, some older. When Sauron's shadow began to spread across the land once more, Treebeard and the Ents remained in Fangorn, continuing to tend the trees, and taking no part in the affairs of Men, Elves and Wizards. However, they were brought into the war when Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took escaped from Saruman's Orcs, became lost in Fangorn Forest and befriended Treebeard. Upon learning that Saruman was cutting down the forest to power his war effort, an angry Treebeard called all the ents together for an Entmoot. After three days of deliberation, they decided to attack Isengard, in an event known as the Last March of the Ents.
Leading the attack, Treebeard helped to bring down Isenguard's walls and utterly destroy them, save the tower of Orthanc and Saruman himself who sat in his tower with his Man servant Grima Wormtongue. The Ent's also broke the dam wall which had starved the once green and beautiful Wizards Vale of all it's water and flooded Sarumans pits, mines and machines of war. Once Isengard was cleansed, Treebeard remained to guard over Saruman, but was ultimately unable to keep him, due to the power of Saruman's voice and the fact that Treebeard could not bear to lock any living thing up.
After Aragorn was crowned king, he promised Treebeard that the Ents could prosper again and spread to new lands with the threat of Mordor gone, and renew their search for the Entwives. However, Treebeard sadly lamented that forests may spread once more, but the Ents would not, predicting that the few remaining Ents would remain in Fangorn forest until they slowly dwindled in number. However, he still held some hope for finding the Entwives, as he asked Merry and Pippin to watch for them near the Shire, and to bring word if they were to find them.
Treebeard's ultimate fate is not known. While he aged very slowly and was extremely long-lived, he was not immortal. He most likely underwent the same fate of all the Ents: eventually settling down in one place, growing roots and leaves, and essentially becoming a tree himself, ceasing conscious thought.
In her final words to Treebeard during their parting at Isengard, Galadriel says she will "Not [see him] in Middle-earth, nor until the lands that lie under the wave are lifted up again. Then in the willow-meads of Nan-tathren we may meet in the spring. Farewell!" This suggests that in the future, perhaps after the Dagor Dagorath, when the lands of Beleriand will be recovered again, Treebeard and, possibly all the other Ents, will awaken again and that he will meet her again in Nan-Tathren.