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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]].
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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.  
  
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.
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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").   
  
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".
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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>
  
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It is however possible that they ultimately abandoned their roles and started magical cults.<ref>[[Letter 211]]</ref>
 
== See Also ==
 
== See Also ==
 
*[[Pallando]]
 
*[[Pallando]]
 
*[[Alatar]]
 
*[[Alatar]]
 
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==Other versions==
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In [[Letter 211]], Tolkien says that the two wizards went into the East, and likely 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.
 
== 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]
 
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*[http://tolkien.slimy.com/tfaq/Istari.html#BlueWiz Who were the Blue Wizards?]
 
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[[Category:Maiar]]
 
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Revision as of 19:11, 8 April 2009

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.

Their names in Valinor were Maiar Alatar and Pallando, and they served the Vala Oromë[1]. The names they used in Middle-earth are now 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 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 however possible that they ultimately abandoned their roles and started magical cults.[3]

See Also

Other versions

In Letter 211, Tolkien says that the two wizards went into the East, and likely 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.

External Links


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