- "You see, we lost the Entwives."
- —Treebeard in The Two Towers
Entwives were female Ents.
They were put upon the earth by Yavanna to protect her trees along with their husbands the Ents. According to Treebeard, Fimbrethil was the most beautiful of the Entwives. However, prior to the Third Age, the Entwives abandoned the Ents in order to start a garden east of Fangorn in what became the Brown Lands; following the end of the Second Age, they disappeared. When Treebeard went searching for them, he could not find them.
The Entwives are described by Treebeard as having "hair parched by the sun to the hue of ripe corn and their cheeks like red apples. Yet their eyes were still the eyes of our own people," yet little else is known of their appearance. Like the males they looked after the growing things of Middle-earth, but Entwives preferred smaller plant life such as: small trees, grasses, fruit trees, flowers, and vegetables, while males tended the larger trees.
Like all Ents they tended their lands in the vast primordial forests of Middle-earth throughout the Elder Days, but sometime in the distant past, possibly starting in the Second Age, they became estranged from their husbands. They moved further east crossing the Great River Anduin and began living in what became the Brown Lands, tending lush gardens; However with the rise of Sauron throughout the Second Age these lands were destroyed. After that they disappeared and everything about them was the subject of rumor and conjecture, being remembered only in the songs of Men and Elves. In the The Lord of the Rings, Sam Gamgee the Hobbit mentions that his father Hamfast Gamgee claimed he saw a walking tree , but that was more likely a Huorn.
What actually happened to the Entwives was something Tolkien wanted to keep a mystery, even to himself, but in one of his letters he said, "I think that in fact the Entwives have disappeared for good, being destroyed with their gardens in the War of the Last Alliance."
Portrayal in adaptations
Peter Jackson's The Two Towers
In The Two Towers, Treebeard tells Merry and Pippin about the Entwives and how they became lost to them. He also asks them if there are Entwives living in The Shire. When the hobbits ask what they looked like (so as to answer his question), he says he doesn't remember.