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Inscrutable

One of the Elves’ names for the race of Men

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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 seems curious: given that the High Elves, at least, had the capacity to read the minds of Men1, it seems strange that they should find them particularly difficult to understand.


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1

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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