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Inscrutable

One of the Elves’ names for the race of Men

One of the many names among the Elves for the race of Men. Its meaning is never explicitly explored, but it seems clear that the Eldar found it difficult in some sense to understand the motivations or modes of thought of the Mortal Second People. The choice of the name may seem curious, given that the High Elves, at least, had some capacity to read the minds of Men1. Even with such a facility, however, it seems that there was much about Men that the Elves found impenetrable.


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When Finrod first encountered Men among the foothills of the Blue Mountains, he discovered '...that he could read in the minds of Men such thoughts as they wished to reveal in speech...' (Quenta Silmarillion 17, Of the Coming of Men into the West).

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