Post by Bill O'Meally Post by Stan Brown
Come to think of it, was it already useless? In some sense, Aman and
Tol Eressëa were taken out of the round Earth at the end of the
Second Age. Could a Stone see them from Middle-earth?
Very much so. Recall the hobbits' encounter with Gildor and company
after their encounter with the Black Rider in the Shire. Tolkien states
in _The Road Goes Ever On_ (pp 73-4) that the Elves were journeying
back to Rivendell throught The Shire after going to the Tower Hills to
look into the Stone for just such purpose.
Thanks for that. "The Road Goes Ever" is not in my personal library.
/Unfinished Tales/ is, but it's been a crazy-busy week and I haven't
been able to make time to reread the Palantíri article in that book.
And I should have remembered that the Palantír could look across time
as well as space, as you (or someone else) pointed out in another
article. In LotR III 11, "The Palantír", Gandalf says to Pippin:
"Have I not felt it? Even now my heart desires to test my will upon
it, to see if I could not wrench it from him and turn it where I
would--to look across the wide seas of water and of time to Tirion
the Fair, and perceive the unimaginable hand and mind of Fëanor at
their work, while both the White Tree and the Golden were in flower!"
Post by Bill O'Meally
The same source reiterates that after the fall of Elendil (assuming
that to mean the *House* of Elendil), the High-Elves took back this
Stone into their own care. But again, as caretakers, should they not
have returned their charge to the rightful owner when that House was
restored? I mean, the care of the shards of Narsil were also taken up
by the High-Elves, but was reforged and returned to Aragorn when his
claim to kingship drew nigh.
Maybe the Elves figured they had plenty of swords, but only one
Westward-looking Palantír, and they just hopped Aragorn wouldn't ask
for it back? :-)
But seriously, it does seem a little tacky that they wouldn't give
back a gift that they had just been holding in safekeeping.
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