Mirror of Galadriel

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The name Galadriel refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Galadriel (disambiguation).
The Mirror of Galadriel by Peter Xavier Price

The Mirror of Galadriel was a basin filled with water in which one could see far away visions of the past, present and future. It was used by Galadriel, the Lady of Lórien, in Caras Galadhon.

On 15 February T.A. 3019, while the Fellowship of the Ring were staying in Lothlórien, she invited Frodo Baggins to look into it. Galadriel could not predict what the mirror would show and did not guarantee that its visions would come to pass.

Samwise Gamgee was also allowed a vision, which turned out to be a choice between returning to the Shire to prevent its destruction or to continue on the quest with his master to prevent Sauron from conquering all Middle-earth.[1]

The Phial of Galadriel contained water from the basin.


This recalls the ancient practice of water scrying or hydromancy: gazing into a shallow pool or bowl for purposes of divination. The Norns of Norse mythology used the Well of Urd as a scrying bowl.[source?]

Portrayal in adaptations

The Mirror of Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings Online

2008: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Lady Galadriel consults her mirror at multiple points during the story. During the 2008 Mines of Moria expansion, she gives the player's character a prediction of their future, different for each playable class. Some classes' predictions have come to pass within the next few years, others only occured within story updates added over a decade later, and some have not yet come to pass at all.

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