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'''Blue Wizards''' (or the ''Ithryn Luin'') are two notoriously mysterious characters of [[Middle-earth]].  They are only hinted at in ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', where [[Saruman]] says there are five [[Wizards]].  However, other writings of Tolkien have more to say.  In a writing found in ''[[Unfinished Tales]]'', 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 [[Valar|Vala]] [[Oromë]].
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The '''Blue Wizards''' (or the ''[[Ithryn Luin]]'') are two notoriously mysterious characters of [[Middle-earth]].  They are only hinted at in ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', where [[Saruman]] says there are five [[Wizards]].  However, other writings of Tolkien have more to say.  In a writing found in ''[[Unfinished Tales]]'', 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 [[Valar|Vala]] [[Oromë]].
  
In a letter, Tolkien says that the two wizards went into the East, and likely failed their mission, perhaps having started magical cults. However, all of this changes in a text written in the last year or two of Tolkien's life.  The names they used in Middle-earth are now given — '''Morinehtar''' and '''Rómestámo''' ("Darkness-slayer" and "East-helper").  They are said to have arrived not in the [[Third Age]], but in the [[Second Age|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.
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In a letter, Tolkien says that the two wizards went into the East, and likely failed their mission, perhaps having started magical cults. However, all of this changes in a text written in the last year or two of Tolkien's life.  The names they used in Middle-earth are now given — '''Morinehtar''' and '''Rómestámo''' ("Darkness-slayer" and "East-helper").  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 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.
  
 
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".
 
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".
  
 
== See Also ==
 
== See Also ==
*[[List of Middle-earth Wizards]]
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*[[Pallando]]
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*[[Alatar]]
  
 
== External Links ==
 
== External Links ==

Revision as of 01:42, 18 June 2007

The Blue Wizards (or the Ithryn Luin) are two notoriously mysterious characters of Middle-earth. They are only hinted at in The Lord of the Rings, where Saruman says there are five Wizards. However, other writings of Tolkien have more to say. In a writing found in Unfinished Tales, 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.

In a letter, Tolkien says that the two wizards went into the East, and likely failed their mission, perhaps having started magical cults. However, all of this changes in a text written in the last year or two of Tolkien's life. The names they used in Middle-earth are now given — Morinehtar and Rómestámo ("Darkness-slayer" and "East-helper"). 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.

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".

See Also

External Links