Palantir of Orthanc
Palantir of Orthanc in the New Line film
Palantir that was given to those of the fortress of Orthanc, which was once part of Gondor. In 2759, Saruman the White volunteered to watch over Orthanc and live in it and keep it safe. He would also protect the palantir. Beren of Gondor accepted Saruman's offer and did not live to regret it. In 3000, Saruman began using the palantir to contact his allies. Sauron soon seduced him and he joined with him and used the palantir to tell him where to strike the free peoples. Saruman attacked Helm's Deep and failed and the palantir was taken from him. Gandalf took it with him back to Edoras on March 5, 3019. That night, Pippin took a look in it and saw Sauron, who nearly drove poor Pippin mad. The next day, Aragorn revealed himself to Sauron through the palantir and, growing nervous, Sauron struck Minas Tirith faster than he had originally planned. Aragorn saw through the palantir that the Corsairs of Umbar planned on attacking Gondor from the south. He gathered his friends and quickly summoned an army of Dead to attack these forces and then wipe out the Haradrim. When the War was won, the palantir of Orthanc, one of the last of the palantiri, was moved to Gondor, and later to Isengard to be watched over by the Ents there.