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"Do not touch the water" question

CuriousG
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Dec 28 2012, 6:12pm


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I'm never quite sure what to make of her warning. It seems that she could mean, as you say, that the water is hallowed. But I wonder if she means either

1. It's part of a spell, and you don't break spells or they blow up.
2. The mirror's visions are a sort of portal, so if you touch it, you could fall through it into what you see. Imagine Frodo falling right into the Eye of Sauron!

Those are both more traditional things that happen in fantasy stories, and as we've discussed in the thread on Tolkien and magic, he wasn't all that traditional, so maybe he had nothing harmful in mind at all. But I always want to know what would happen if someone did touch the water.

Subject User Time
Help from Varda? Nerven Send a private message to Nerven Dec 23 2012, 4:00pm
    My bet is on Varda CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 24 2012, 11:07pm
        With Nerven Send a private message to Nerven Dec 25 2012, 10:36am
            Part of the wonder of Tolkien is that the workings of 'magic' are hidden, but I think both Varda and Galadriel SilentLion Send a private message to SilentLion Dec 26 2012, 8:25pm
    Maybe both dubulous Send a private message to dubulous Dec 25 2012, 11:43am
    Eru Cyberia Send a private message to Cyberia Dec 27 2012, 12:49am
    Mostly Ulmo, I think. Plurmo Send a private message to Plurmo Dec 28 2012, 12:23am
        Fascinating argument, and very well-constructed.// CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 28 2012, 1:18am
            Thanks, CuriousG! I see I wrote "relatives" (of Frodo) instead of "parents." Plurmo Send a private message to Plurmo Dec 28 2012, 3:04am
                Au contraire, quite enjoyable to read them// CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 28 2012, 6:05pm
        It Nerven Send a private message to Nerven Dec 28 2012, 6:49am
            You know the lore of the Phial. You saw it being made. Plurmo Send a private message to Plurmo Dec 28 2012, 4:55pm
                "Do not touch the water" question CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 28 2012, 6:12pm
                    I think It's mainly a mirror, actually. Plurmo Send a private message to Plurmo Dec 30 2012, 9:42pm

 
 
 

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