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I don't think it's fair to say that Radagast "did not contribute to Sauron's downfall"; I like to think that he at least had some small part in Sauron's defeat - this is considering (as the article says) that Radagast was mysterious and little is known about him. However I still doubt Radagast succeeded in his purpose in Middle-earth as far as Gandalf did.-- KingAragorn  talk  contribs  edits  email  17:15, 18 June 2008 (EDT)

Agreed, I've changed it to "but there is no record of him contributing to the downfall of Sauron." --Hyarion 17:35, 18 June 2008 (EDT)

Skin-changer?

While researching for our article on Beorn, I came across Gandalf's saying that Radagast is "a master of shapes and changes of hue" (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"). Christopher Tolkien notes that "Can this have been suggested by by Beorn's acquaintance with Radagast?" Although Gandalf isn't very clear, perhaps "master of shapes" and "changes of hue" (hue from Old English hīew, hiw "form, appearance, color") could suggest that Radagast was able to transform himself into another appearance (likely that of an animal)? Would this be too much speculation, or is it worthy a note on our article on Radagast? (I remember that MECCG made quite much out of this, with the card "Master of Shape", making Radagast into a Shapeshifter (shifting to a white tiger, according to the card art.)(J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, p. 138, note 27) --Morgan 23:49, 5 January 2011 (UTC)