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A palantír is a magical artifact from J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional universe of Middle-earth.

A palantír (sometimes translated as Seeing Stone)(Translation: Those that see from far) is a stone that functions somewhat like a crystal ball. When one looks in it, he can communicate with other Stones and anyone who might be looking into them; people of great power can manipulate the Stones to see virtually any part of the world. They were made by the Elves of Valinor in the Uttermost West, almost certainly by the Noldor and possibly by Fëanor. Many palantíri were made, but the number is not known. Some had power over other Stones. The stones had various sizes. The smallest had a diameter of about a foot, while the largest filled a large chamber. The master stone was kept in the tower of Avallonë on Tol Eressëa. They are known to have a power over people, as seen from the experience of Peregrin Took and the Orthanc-stone.

Some of the stones were given to the Dúnedain of Númenor as a gift, during the Second Age. Of these, Elendil took seven with him on his flight to the continent of Middle-earth, and in time they were distributed among seven places: four in Gondor and three in Arnor. By the end of the Third Age, four had been lost forever, one was hidden in the Dark Tower of Barad-dûr, and one had been rendered virtually unusable.

The stones' gaze can pierce anything except darkness and shadow. A technique called shrouding was used when we wanted to keep something secret from enemy eyes.