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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Telepathy -- Reading Material

Ainu Perception and Communication:
When Manwë there ascends his throne and looks forth, if Varda is beside him, he sees further than all other eyes, through mist, and through darkness, and over the leagues of the sea. And if Manwë is with her, Varda hears more clearly than all other ears the sound of voices that cry from east to west, from the hills and the valleys, and from the dark places that Melkor has made upon Earth.
But mostly Ulmo speaks to those who dwell in Middle-earth with voices that are heard only as the music of water. For all seas, lakes, rivers, fountains and springs are in his government .... Thus news comes to Ulmo, even in the deeps, of all the needs and griefs of Arda, which otherwise would be hidden from Manwë.
Silmarillion, "Valaquenta"

It is told that after the flight of Melkor the Valar sat long unmoved upon their thrones in the Ring of Doom; but they were not idle .... For the Valar may work many things with thought rather than with hands, and without voices in silence they may hold council one with another.
Silmarillion, "Of the Sun and Moon"

Elvish Perception and Communication

[Galadriel:] 'Gandalf the Grey set out with the Company, but he did not pass the borders of this land. Now tell us where he is; for I much desired to speak with him again. But I cannot see him from afar, unless he comes within the fences of Lothlórien: a grey mist is about him, and the ways of his feet and of his mind are hidden from me.'
The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Mirror of Galadriel"

And with that word she held them with her eyes, and in silence looked searchingly at each of them in turn.
'If you want to know, I felt as if I hadn't got nothing on, and I didn't like it. She seemed to be looking inside me and asking me what I would do if she gave me the chance of flying back home to the Shire to a nice little hole with -- with a bit of garden of my own.' ...
All of them, it seemed, had fared alike: each had felt that he was offered a choice ...
The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Mirror of Galadriel"

'Do not think that only by singing amid the trees, nor even by the slender arrows of elven-bows, is this land of Lothlórien maintained and defended against its Enemy. I say to you, Frodo, that even as I speak to you, I perceive the Dark Lord and know his mind, or all of his mind that concerns the Elves. And he gropes ever to see me and my thought. But still the door is closed!
The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Mirror of Galadriel"

Arwen remained in Rivendell, and when Aragorn was abroad, from afar she watched over him in thought.
Lord of the Rings, Appendix A

[added April 13, 2011]
Often after the hobbits  were wrapped in sleep they [Celeborn, Galadriel, Gandalf, and Elrond] would sit together under the stars, recalling the ages that were gone and all their joys and labours in the world, or holding council, concerning the days to come.  If any wanderer had chanced to pass, little would he have seen or heard, and it would have seemed to him only that he saw grey figures, carved in stone, memorials of forgotten things now lost in unpeopled lands.  For they did not move or speak with mouth, looking from mind to mind; and only their shining eyes stirred and kindled as their thoughts went to and fro.
The Return of the King, "Many Partings"


Other crystals [Fëanor] made also, wherein things far away could be seen small but clear, as with the eyes of the eagles of Manwë.
Silmarillion, "Of Fëanor"
That is not necessarily to say Fëanor personally made the seven palantíri that came to Middle-earth, but he is credited with developing the technology they used.

The Faithful [of Númenor] put aboard their wives and their children, and their heirlooms, and great store of goods. ... And Seven Stones they had, the gift of the Eldar.
Silmarillion, "Akallabêth"

Now theses Stones had this virtue that those who looked therein might perceive in them things far off, whether in place or in time. For the most part they revealed only things near to another kindred Stone, for the Stones called to each other; but those who possessed great strength of will and of mind might learn to direct their gaze whither they would. Thus the Númenóreans were aware of many things that their enemies wished to conceal, and little escaped their vigilance in the days of their might.
Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"

'Then it was not made ... by the Enemy?'
'No,' said Gandalf. 'Nor by Saruman. It is beyond his art and beyond Sauron's too. The palantíri came from beyond Westernesse, from Eldamar. The Noldor made them. Fëanor himself, maybe, wrought them, in days so long ago that the time cannot be measured in years. ..."
'What did they Men of old use them for?'
'To see far off, and to converse in thought with one another.'
The Two Towers, "The Palantír"

[Pippin describes his experience using the palantír:] "... He did not speak so that I could hear words. He just looked, and I understood."
The Two Towers, "The Palantír"
And, although Pippin is completely unskilled in using a palantír, Sauron has no trouble understanding Pippin's replies.
'Many things I can command the Mirror to reveal, and to some I can show what they desire to see. But the Mirror will also show things unbidden. ... What you will see, if you leave the Mirror free to work, I cannot tell. For it shows things that were, and things that are, and things that yet may be. But which it is that he sees, even the wisest cannot always tell.
...'This is what your fold would call magic, I believe, though I do not understand clearly what they mean; and they seem also to use the same word of the deceits of the Enemy. But this, if you will, is the magic of Galadriel.'
The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Mirror of Galadriel"
'Upon the left stands Amon Lhaw, and upon the right is Amon Hen, the Hills of Hearing and of Sight. In the days of the great kings there were high seats upon them, and watch was kept there."
The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Great River"

Up [Frodo] went and sat upon the ancient chair ...
At first he could see little. He seemed to be in a world of mist in which there were only shadows: the Ring was upon him. Then here and there the mist gave way and he saw many visions: small and clear as if they were under his eyes upon a table, and yet remote. There was no sound, only bright living images. ... He was sitting upon the Seat of Seeing, on Amon Hen, the Hill of the Eye of the Men of Númenor.
And suddenly he felt the Eye. There was an eye in the Dark Tower that did not sleep. He knew that it had become aware of his gaze. ... It leaped towards him; almost like a finger he felt it, searching for him.

... Then in a flash from some other point of power there came to his mind another thought: Take it off! Take it off! Fool, take it off! Take off the Ring!

The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Breaking of the Fellowship"

But Sauron guided [the Elven smith's] labors ... for his desire was to set a bond upon the Elves and to bring them under his vigilance.
... Secretly Sauron made One Ring to rule all the others ... And much of the strength and will of Sauron passed into that One Ring; for the power of the Elven-rings was very great, and that which should govern them must be a thing of surpassing potency .... And while he wore the One Ring he could perceive all the things that were done by means of the lesser rings, and he could see and govern the very thoughts of those that wore them.
But the Elves were not so lightly to be caught. As soon as Sauron set the One Ring upon his finger they were aware of him; and they knew him, and perceived that he would be master of them, and of all that they wrought. Then in anger and fear they took off their rings.
Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"

Quenya Words

ósanwë : communication of thought, interchange of thought (= telepathy)
sanwë-latya: "thought-opening" (direct, telepathic thought-transfer)

sanwë-menta: "thought-sending" (mental message)

sanwecenda: "thought-inspection, thought-reading"

aquapahtië: privacy (literally "fully-closedness"), used of a mind that closes itself against telepathic communication

Vinyar Tengwar 39:23, 30, VT41:5, Morgoth's Ring:415

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