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Dates
Made during the Years of the Trees; survived into the Fourth Age
Location
Held for most of the Third Age in the Tower of Orthanc
Origins
Made by Fëanor
Races
Made by Elves, but used by Men (and later a Wizard)
Division
Culture
Family
An heirloom of the House of Elendil
Pronunciation
Orthanc is pronounced 'o'rthank'
Meaning
Named for the Tower of Orthanc were it was held (Orthanc has a double meaning: 'Mount Fang' and 'Cunning Mind')
Other names

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Orthanc-stone

The palantír of the Tower of Orthanc

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The Palantíri of Middle-earth

One of the seven palantíri or Seeing-stones brought to Middle-earth by Elendil, and kept in the ancient stronghold of Orthanc. It was discovered there by Saruman when he took Isengard as his base, and used by him in his treacherous dealings with Sauron.


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