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Questions tagged [palantiri]

Questions about magical seeing stones called "palantíri" from JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books. The palantíri, also known as the Seeing Stones, are objects used for both communication and as a means of seeing events in other parts of the world.

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Why didn't the Noldor use the palantíri?

Fëanor is thought to have made the palantíri, or at least similar far-seeing crystals. Why didn't his sons make use of them in the War of the Jewels? They would be able to espy the orc raids leaving ...
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How do you destroy a Palantír?

Apparently, the Palantíri - just like the most magical artifacts in the Lord of the Rings - were quite durable. One of them survived a long fall from Orthanc, and broke the staircase it hit. But I ...
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Did Cirdan use the Palantir in Lindon?

The Elendil stone of Emyn Beraid was- maintained and guarded by Cirdan and the Elves of Lindon This stone had 'special abilities' in which it was not in accord with the other palantiri. And that ...
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Which King took possession of the Stone of Orthanc?

In The Return of the King, when the Fellowship finally parts ways, Pippin says that he wishes they each had palantiri so they could communicate with each other over long distances. Aragorn responds: ...
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Was the Stone of Minas Tirith still dangerous after Sauron was destroyed?

In the sad chapter of The Return of the King in which the Fellowship parts for the last time, Pippin says he wishes that they could use Palantiri to keep in touch. Aragorn dismisses this idea: ...
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Why didn't Gandalf know what the Palantir was?

In the book The Two Towers, Gandalf is puzzled as to how Saruman had been communicating with Sauron. Grima Wormtongue, rather conveniently, then throws Saruman's Palantir out the window of Orthanc, ...
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How were the palantiri actually used?

The palantiri tend to confuse me a lot: as we see with Sauron, Denethor and Saruman you can clearly see far places and communicate with other beings, but how precise were these seeing stones? For ...
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Did the stewards of Gondor have the right to use the Palantiri?

Denethor was trapped by Sauron while using the Palantir. Denethor effectively went insane after realizing just how powerful Sauron was and that there was no hope to ever stop him. This did not happen ...
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How does a palantír work?

Can they only see to another palantíri or can they see whatever they want? And if they can see whatever they want, what does it take for someone to be able to redirect or command what you want to see?
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Stone names like Palantir [closed]

I am looking for names of "seeing stones". Do you know other names like the Palantir? Names may come from different realms and don't need to be specifically from LOTR.
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Why did they take a Palantir with them when they left on the last ship going west to the Undying Lands?

First, to explain some backstory of the Palantiri. The Palantíri were made by the Ñoldor in Eldamar, possibly by Fëanor himself in Aman during the Elder Days in the Time of the Trees, and then given ...
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Why Did Sauron Believe Pippin Had the One Ring?

When Pippin looked into the Palantir of Orthanc, why did Sauron believe Pippin was the ring bearer? I'm just a couple of chapters into The Return of the King, and it isn't clear to me from the movie, ...
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Do the Palantíri have powers to lure?

Do the Palantíri have powers to lure? [The Palantíri ], in one direction, could see for leagues, with the farthest places showing the least clarity. Their vision was not based on obstacles, but on ...
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How many Palantíri are accounted for?

"They are not all accounted for, the lost seeing stones. We do not know who else may be watching." —Gandalf (The Fellowship of the Ring) After the Third Age and the final fall of Sauron, were the ...