As well as a good example of how Treebeard uses proverbs (Do not be hasty, in altered form, and It is easier to shout stop! than to do it), this brief passage reveals the debate that is going on below the surface. Treebeard is Stoically seeking to back away from his anger and not be led by sentiment, but he cannot deny the righteousness of his indignation. He is facing an existential crisis. ‘His long slow wrath is brimming over,’ says Gandalf.
From Chapter 9 - 'The Ents'
To be published by Oloris Publishing on the 18th November