Programming alert! I did finally get that song uploaded late last night (early this morning?), no thanks to SoundCloud. Again, whatever they did to their site was a horrible, horrible idea. But now I got it working, so there’s that.
Meanwhile, Gandalf is giving Pippin all sorts of history lessons, which the hobbit is gobbling up eagerly. It all concerns the palantíri, which were once scattered across the two kingdoms of men. In Gondor, stones were set at Minas Ithil (now Morgul), Minas Anor (Tirith), and the chief stone at Osgiliath. Orthanc had its own stone, too, and three more were in the north. One of those was at Weathertop.
When Sauron took Minas Ithil, Gandalf presumes that he took the seeing-stone there with him. It can be easy to see from there how Saruman would have been curious about his own stone, and slowly opened up his view to see deep into Sauron’s land. Sauron lured him in, and made him his puppet easily. In fact, Gandalf is amazed how the palantír draws people in. Not only did Pippin succumb, but Gandalf himself feels the need to look into its depths.
-the Dome of Stars: A large dome dominating the skyline of Osigilath. Well, it once did. It’s been destroyed in the long wars over the city, and its palantír lost.
-the Gulf of Lune: A gulf on the western coast, where the Grey Havens can be found.
Basically, these stones were everywhere important. However, with the chief stone at Osgiliath, it could always be viewed from the other stones in the south. Apparently, it takes a great deal of thought to decide what you want to see. For example, Saruman could probably only see things of the past in his stone until he started using his power to look further. This is what Sauron eventually took advantage of.
And don’t forget…even Gandalf is drawn to look in the palantír. That power that Sauron imbued it with is immeasurably strong. Don’t give in!
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Wait…is that a new thing? First Mention? No. It’s just the Grey Havens. Boring.
“‘I did not tell you all this before, because it is only by musing on all that has happened that I have at last understood, even as we…'”