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Huh. I always thought the long range telepathic communion betwen Elrond & Galadriel in LOTR (and then Gandalf and Galadriel in Hobbit) was something PJ made up for the movies. Well, the contents of the meetings probably were, but the mechanism at least was not. Apparently the ability itself is book canon. See Ósanwe-kenta. Also several fandom discussions.

Biggest supporting canon from the books is this passage from LOTR:

"Often after the hobbits were wrapped in sleep they [Celeborn, Galadriel, Gandalf, and Elrond] would sit together under the stars, ...blahblahetc... For they did not move or speak with mouth, looking from mind to mind; and only their shining eyes stirred and kindled as their thoughts went to and fro."

-- ROTK, Many Partings

Yeah, you don't get more obvious than that for telepathy. Of more interest to me however is this passage, also from LOTR:

’Yes, you have it,’ said Gimli. ’The Lady of the Wood! She read many hearts and desires. Now why did not we wish for some of our own kinsfolk, Legolas?’

Legolas stood before the gate and turned his bright eyes away north and east, and his fair face was troubled. ’I do not think that any would come,’ he answered. ’They have no need to ride to war; war already marches on their own lands.’"

-- ROTK, Passing of the Grey Company

Not quite as solid an example, but could be interpreted as Legolas having the ability to commune with his kin who were at the time fighting the Battle Under the Trees up in Mirkwood. And of course if Legolas (and Celeborn) could do it, I am sure Thranduil, a First Age Doriathrim elf, also could.

Why he doesn't use the skill in the Hobbit movies is probably more due to his isolationist shtick than lack of ability, IMO. Although, I wonder if this is also how he picked up that Legolas was starting to have a thing for Tauriel (and that she didn't have a thing for him in return), cuz I sure didn't see any hints of it from the movies that really stood out from just close friendship/siblinghood.

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Date: 2015-04-08 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ossian
There's also some evidence in the books that Aragorn, Denethor and Faramir also have some degree of telepathic ability.
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