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Apr 9 2009, 11:02am

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The first part could be the Old Forest.

What comes to Frodo's mind as he dreams are, I judge, the Black Riders, sniffing for the Ring, but this part of the dream may actually foreshadow the hobbits' adventures in the Old Forest, and their stay in Bombadil's house, where Bombadil tells them to "heed no nightly noises."

I've always thought the second part of the dream takes place in the Tower Hills, where Elendil's palantir is located, the palantir that looks towards Elvenhome in the Undying Lands. That's where Gildor's people had been before they caught up with the hobbits. This part of the dream seems to foreshadow Frodo's own journey to Elvenhome at the end of the tale.

What is the purpose of such vague, prophetic dreams? I've always thought they are there to hint that what happens is a part of a Plan, and that Higher Powers are involved. They don't work well as guides for action -- the Witch-king learned the folly of relying too heavily on prophecies (no man can kill ...), and if Sam had followed his vision in Galadriel's mirror he would have abandoned Frodo. But they do hint that, as Gandalf said, Someone wanted the Ring to come to Frodo, Someone other than Sauron or the Ring, and that should be a comforting thought.

(This post was edited by Curious on Apr 9 2009, 11:10am)

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