Down a long flight of steps the Lady went into the deep green hollow, theough which ran murmuring the silver stream that issued from the fountain on the hill. At the bottom, upon a low pedestal carved like a branching tree, stood a basin of silver, wide and shallow, and beside it stood a silver ewer.
With water from the stream Galadriel filled the basin to the brim, and breathed on it, and when the water was still again she spoke. 'Here is the Mirror of Galadriel,' she said. 'I have brought you here so that you may look in it, if you will.'
- Fellowship of the Ring, 'The Mirror of Galadriel'
If you change Virumor's "recipient" to "receptical", it may make more sense; Galadriel's breath maybe is more of a catalyst. Elven magic is hard to explain using when the scientific knowledge of men. :elfbiggrin:... I think the recipient in which Galadriel puts the water contains the magic and turns it into a mirror.
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