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Foresight

Foresight is a gift or power apparently given to picked Elves and Men. Many elves appear to have varying amounts of foresight, while some of the more noble men (Númenóreans/Dúnedain) appear to have degrees of foresight on special occasions.

Elven mothers would give their children a name, known as amilesse apacenyo, having insight into the characters and abilities of their children, and many also had the gift of prophetic foresight.[1]

There are several mentions of Seers or Prophets namely Amnon, Glirhuin and Malbeth. Foresight was also seen in dreams; Frodo Baggins saw prophetic dreams during his adventure;[2] Boromir and Faramir saw a puzzling dream, and Boromir went to Rivendell to seek counsel[3]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", Note on Mother-names, p. 339
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"