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In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Blue Wizards (or the Ithryn Luin) are two mysterious characters of Middle-earth. They are only hinted at in The Lord of the Rings, where Saruman states that there are five Wizards. However, other writings of Tolkien have more to say. In a writing found in Unfinished Tales (p. 393), Tolkien writes that the two Wizards were sent to the East. Their names in Valinor were Alatar and Pallando, and they are Maiar of the Vala Oromë. The Istari would therefore consist of Curumo, Olórin, Aiwendil and the Blue Wizards so named. Image File history File links Arda. ... John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English philologist, writer and university professor, best known as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. ... A map of the Northwestern part of Middle-earth at the end of the Third Age, courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Arda. ... The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by the English academic J. R. R. Tolkien. ... Saruman is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium. ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Wizards of Middle-earth are a small group of beings outwardly resembling Men but possessing much greater physical and mental power. ... Unfinished Tales (full title Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth) is a collection of stories by J. R. R. Tolkien that were never completed during his lifetime, but were edited by his son Christopher Tolkien and published in 1980. ... Valinor (meaning Land of the Valar) is a fictional location from J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium, the realm of the Valar in Aman. ... The Maiar are a race from J. R. R. Tolkiens fantasy legendarium. ... The Valar (singular Vala) are characters in J.R.R. Tolkiens legendarium. ... Oromë is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe, Middle-earth. ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Wizards of Middle-earth are a small group of beings outwardly resembling Men but possessing much greater physical and mental power. ...


In a letter, Tolkien explains that the two wizards went into the East, and likely failed their mission, possibly falling into the same trap of greed and power-lust that would consume Curumo. However, all of this changes in a text written in the last year or two of Tolkien's life (published in The Peoples of Middle-earth). An alternate set of names are given — Morinehtar and Rómestámo (or Rome(n)star), Darkness-slayer and East-helper. It is not clear whether these names were intended to be replacements for Alatar and Pallando or whether they were a second set of names (for instance, their names used in Middle-earth, in the same vein as "Gandalf" is used for Olórin). The Peoples of Middle-earth is the 12th and final volume of The History of Middle-earth, edited by Christopher Tolkien from the unpublished manuscripts of his father J. R. R. Tolkien. ...


They are said to have arrived not in the Third Age, but in the Second, around the year 1600, the time of the Forging of the One Ring. Their mission though is still to the east, to weaken the forces of Sauron. And it is here said that the Wizards far from failed; rather, they had a pivotal role in the victories of the West at the end of both the Second and the Third Ages. At the same time, Tolkien considered the possibility that Glorfindel arrived back in Middle-earth along with the Blue Wizards. On this later, more positive interpretation, the Blue Wizards may have been as successful as Olórin, just located in a different theatre beyond the borders of the map in The Lord of the Rings. For other uses, see The Third Age. ... The Second Age is a fictional time period from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ... The One Ring, also known as the Ruling Ring, The Doom of Man, the Great Ring of Power, The Ring, or Isildurs Bane, is an artifact from J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional Middle-earth universe. ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, Glorfindel is an Elf, a Noldor who appears in the tales of Middle-earth. ... The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by the English academic J. R. R. Tolkien. ...


Like most names in Tolkien's works, the names of the Blue Wizards are significant. The name Rómestámo means East-helper, coming from the Quenya word rómen, meaning uprising, sunrise, east. Here, Rómestámo incorporates not only his relation to the East of Middle-earth, but also his mission there: to encourage uprising and rebellion against Sauron. Similarly, Pallando may include the Quenyan palan meaning far and wide. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


See also

  • Middle-earth Wizards

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Blue Wizards - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (386 words)
Tolkien, the Blue Wizards (or the Ithryn Luin) are two notoriously mysterious characters of Middle-earth.
And it is here said that the Wizards far from failed; rather, they had a pivotal role in the victories of the West at the end of both the Second and the Third Ages.
Like most names in Tolkien's works, the names of the Blue Wizards are significant.
Wizards (Middle-earth) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (823 words)
Tolkien, the Wizards of Middle-earth are a small group of beings outwardly resembling Men but possessing much greater physical and mental power.
The Istari also carried staves, which seem to be tied to their ability to wield magic; when Saruman is defeated at Isengard, Gandalf in the same breath casts him from the White Council and breaks his staff.
In spite of their specific and unambiguous goal, the Wizards are nevertheless capable of human feelings; thus Gandalf feels great affection for the Hobbits.
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