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For other uses of The Mirror of Galadriel see also: The Mirror of Galadriel (disambiguation)

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The Mirror of Galadriel in the New Line film.

In J.R.R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings, The Mirror of Galadriel was a silver basin of water used in the Elven realm of Lothlórien by Galadriel, that could show to the viewer "things that were, and things that are, and things that yet may be."[1]


When or where the Mirror of Galadriel was constructed is unknown.


In the booksEdit

In the filmsEdit

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

Ralph BakshiEdit

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 is warned by Galadriel not to touch the water.

The Lord of the Rings film trilogyEdit

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Galadriel pouring water into the mirror.

In the Lord of the Rings movie, only Frodo Baggins is invited to look into the Mirror. He is shown a vision of 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, at which the Ring slides from Frodo's shirt and almost touches the water. Peter Jackson later explained that the vision of the Shire in bondage was meant as a way of incorporating (by showing them as a possibility) some of the events of the chapter The Scouring of the Shire from the novel, since those events do not occur in Jackson's film version of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.


  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book II, Chapter 7: "The Mirror of Galadriel"

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