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Mirror of Galadriel

In J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, a basin filled with water in which one may see visions of the past, present and future. Galadriel, a noble female elf in the woods of Lothlórien, invites the story's hero, Frodo Baggins, to look into it. Galadriel cannot predict what the mirror will show and does not guarantee that its visions will come to pass.

This recalls the ancient practice of water scrying or hydromancy: gazing into a shallow pool or bowl for purposes of divination. The Norns of Norse mythology used the Well of Urd as a scrying bowl.