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The '''Blue Wizards''' (or the ''[[Ithryn Luin]]'') are two notoriously mysterious [[Wizards]] of the five of [[Middle-earth]]. The two Wizards were sent to the East.  
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The '''Blue Wizards''' ([[Sindarin|S.]] '''''Ithryn Luin''''') were two notoriously mysterious [[Wizards]] of the five of [[Middle-earth]]. The two Wizards were sent to the East.  
  
Their names in [[Valinor]] were [[Maiar]] '''[[Alatar]]''' and '''[[Pallando]]''', and they served the [[Valar|Vala]] [[Oromë]]<ref>{{HM|UT}}, [[The Istari]]</ref>. The names they used in Middle-earth are now '''Morinehtar''' and '''Rómestámo''' ("Darkness-slayer" and "East-helper").{{fact}}
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Their names in [[Valinor]] were [[Alatar]] and [[Pallando]], and they served the [[Valar|Vala]] [[Oromë]].<ref>{{UT|Istari}}</ref> The title "Blue Wizards" was given for their sea-blue colored robes.
  
 
They are said to have arrived not in the [[Third Age]], but in the [[Second Age|Second]], around the year [[Second Age 1600|1600]], the time of the forging of [[the One Ring]].  Their mission was to weaken the forces of [[Sauron]] and it is said that the Wizards had a pivotal role in the victories of the West at the end of both the Second and the Third Ages.<ref>{{HM|PM}}, [[Last Writings]]</ref>
 
They are said to have arrived not in the [[Third Age]], but in the [[Second Age|Second]], around the year [[Second Age 1600|1600]], the time of the forging of [[the One Ring]].  Their mission was to weaken the forces of [[Sauron]] and it is said that the Wizards had a pivotal role in the victories of the West at the end of both the Second and the Third Ages.<ref>{{HM|PM}}, [[Last Writings]]</ref>
  
It is however possible that they ultimately abandoned their roles and became founders or beginners of secret cults and "magic" traditions that outlasted the fall of [[Sauron]].<ref>{{L|211}}</ref>
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It is possible, although not known for sure, that they went into the [[East]] and ultimately abandoned their roles and became founders or beginners of secret cults and "[[magic]]" traditions that outlasted the fall of [[Sauron]].<ref>{{L|211}}</ref>
  
==Other versions==
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==Etymology==
In [[Letter 211]], Tolkien says that the two wizards went into the East, and "feared" that they failed their mission, perhaps having started magical cults; however he stated that as a hypothesis, not a fact. Later in his life he elaborated more on their characters.
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The [[Sindarin]] name ''Ithryn Luin'' consists of ''[[ithron|ithryn]]'' ("wizards"; plural of ''ithron'') and ''[[luin]]'' ("blue").<ref>{{UT|Index}}</ref>
  
 
== External Links ==
 
== External Links ==
 
*[http://www.lotrlibrary.com/agesofarda/bluewizards.asp Lord of the Rings Fanatics Library - The Infamous Blue Wizards]
 
*[http://www.lotrlibrary.com/agesofarda/bluewizards.asp Lord of the Rings Fanatics Library - The Infamous Blue Wizards]
 
*[http://tolkien.slimy.com/tfaq/Istari.html#BlueWiz Who were the Blue Wizards?]
 
*[http://tolkien.slimy.com/tfaq/Istari.html#BlueWiz Who were the Blue Wizards?]
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Revision as of 20:25, 15 December 2011

The Blue Wizards (S. Ithryn Luin) were two notoriously mysterious Wizards of the five of Middle-earth. The two Wizards were sent to the East.

Their names in Valinor were Alatar and Pallando, and they served the Vala Oromë.[1] The title "Blue Wizards" was given for their sea-blue colored robes.

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 was to weaken the forces of Sauron and it is said that the Wizards had a pivotal role in the victories of the West at the end of both the Second and the Third Ages.[2]

It is possible, although not known for sure, that they went into the East and ultimately abandoned their roles and became founders or beginners of secret cults and "magic" traditions that outlasted the fall of Sauron.[3]

Etymology

The Sindarin name Ithryn Luin consists of ithryn ("wizards"; plural of ithron) and luin ("blue").[4]

External Links

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Istari"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, Last Writings
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 211, (dated 14 October 1958)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, Index