For other uses of The Mirror of Galadriel see also: The Mirror of Galadriel (disambiguation)The Mirror of Galadriel was a silver basin of water used by Galadriel in the Elven realm of Lórien which could show the viewer events in the past, present or even the future.
It was certainly a work of Elven genius with crafts and worked by way of Elven magic which remained a closely guarded secret.
It is unknown how long the Mirror was there or when it was constructed but it was probably built when the realm of Lórien came under the rule of Galadriel and Celeborn.
Frodo and Sam's VisionsEdit
Galadriel, in The Fellowship of the Ring (the movie and the novel) says that she can command her mirror to show different things, but that what it shows unbidden is often more profitable. She claims that the mirror can show the past, present, and future. She offers both Frodo Baggins and Sam Gamgee the chance to look into the mirror, and they accept. Sam sees a vision of Frodo asleep under a cliff and of himself climbing an endless stair; he also sees Ted Sandyman cutting down trees and his "old gaffer" being expelled from his Hobbit-hole. Frodo sees a vision of either Saruman or Gandalf and a glimpse of the sea and a black ship with a white fortress with seven towers. The last thing he sees in the mirror is the Eye of Sauron and the heat of Sauron's gaze as he searches for Frodo causes the water to steam.
Portrayal in adaptationsEdit
Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the RingsEdit
In the film both Frodo and Sam look into the Mirror which shows many colored images running back and forth. Frodo, eager to see something bends down too closely with the One Ring on its chain and nearly touches the water but was warned by Galadriel not to touch the water.
Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the RingEdit
In the Lord of the Rings movie, only Frodo Baggins was shown a vision and saw the Shire being destroyed, Orcs slaughtering others, the four (Merry, Pippin, Frodo and Sam) chained and forced to walk and whipped by Orcs, as well as a final glare from the Eye of Sauron, making the Ring slide from Frodo's shirt, almost touching the water, but this was prevented by Frodo. This was meant to be homage to the chapter The Scouring of the Shire.