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Lord of the Rings Rings & Things: Palantir


- Appears in The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King

The Palantiri were ancient seeing stones. There were seven stones and they were distributed throughout Middle Earth as a means of communication or watchfulness. They were located in Amon Sûl (now known as Weathertop), Minas Ithil (now known as Minas Morgul, Minas Tirith, Osgiliath, Tower of Orthanc and two other locations in Northern Middle Earth. By the Third Age, only three of them remained. Denethor used the one in Minas Tirith. Sauron took the one captured from Minas Ithil (now Minas Morgul) and brought it to the Tower of Barad-dûr. Saruman used the one found in the Tower of Orthanc.

In The Fellowship of the Ring:
When Gandalf came to Isengard to consult with Saruman concerning the One Ring, he noticed the Palantir and wanted to cover it. It wasn't long after that Saruman told him of his alliance with Sauron. Later, Saruman used the Palantir to talk to Sauron, who told him to build an army.

In The Return of the King:
When Gandalf and others went to Isengard to talk to Saruman who was trapped in the Tower of Orthanc by the Ents, the Palantir was thrown out. Pippin found it before Gandalf took it from him. When they returned to Edoras, Pippin snuck up and took the Palantir from a sleeping Gandalf. He then looked into it and his mind was held by Sauron. From what Pippin told of what he saw in Sauron's mind, Gandalf was able to discern that Sauron was planning to attack Gondor. Gandalf and Pippin rode to Gondor to warn Denethor, but a comment from Denethor seemed to indicate that he'd been using Minas Tirith's Palantir. After the Battle of Pelennor Fields, used a Palantir to reveal himself to Sauron in hopes of distracting him from searching for Frodo.

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