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Questions tagged [palantiri]

For 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. Always use in conjunction with the [tolkiens-legendarium] tag.

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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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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 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 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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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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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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