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Galadriel's Mirror

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Dorothy Sayers explains, in 'Oedipus Simplex', that there are many ancient tales of people who try to 'cheat the oracle' by taking steps to keep a prophecy from coming true, and yet thereby cause the very thing they wish to prevent: examples include Joseph's brothers in Genesis and the parents of Oedipus in Greek myth.

Following in the tradition, Galadriel, when she allows Frodo and Sam to look into the Mirror, warns them: "Remember that the Mirror shows many things, and not all have yet come to pass. Some never come to be, unless those that behold the visions turn aside from their path to prevent them. The Mirror is dangerous as a guide of deeds" (FoTR, "The Mirror of Galadriel",emphasis added).

Your task is to write the story of someone who looked into the Mirror, and who did "turned aside" to prevent the fate shown there only to be caught in the Oedipalnet. How did it happen that in fleeing the Mirror's foretelling, she or he became ensnared in the fate she or he had sought to avoid?

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Marta - Sam's Gift
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Last Updated: 16 Aug 05
Galadriel gave Sam a box of dirt from her garden. But what gift did Sam give Galadriel?


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Adoption Date: 16 Apr 07

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Created: March 22, 2004

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