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Foresight

"This I say to you, lord, with the eyes of death: though we part here for ever, and I shall not look on your white walls again, from you and from me a new star will arise."
Huor's last words to Turgon.[1]

Foresight (Q. apacen[2]) 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 essi apacenye or just apacenye, having insight into the characters and abilities of their children, and many also had the gift of prophetic foresight.[3]

Dírhael and his wife Ivorwen, grandparents of Aragorn, were gifted in foresight and had premonition about Arathorn II who wanted to marry their daughter. These premonitions were a reason at first to oppose the marriage, but later to concede to it.[4]

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,[5] and Boromir and Faramir saw a puzzling dream, prompting Boromir to travel to Rivendell to seek counsel.[6]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  2. The word is not attested directly by itself but extrapolated from apacenye and tercen. Cf. apacenya in Elfdict.
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "XI. The Shibboleth of Fëanor", Note on Mother-names, p. 339
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"