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(Translations around the world: "Urdin morroiak" the previous translation means something in the lines of "servants blue". Bad grammatical construction and bad lexicon were changed to "azti urdinak" the Blue Wizards)
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The '''Blue Wizards''' (or the '''''Ithryn Luin''''') were two mysterious characters of [[Middle-earth]]; so-named because they both wore [[sea]]-blue robes.
 
The '''Blue Wizards''' (or the '''''Ithryn Luin''''') were two mysterious characters of [[Middle-earth]]; so-named because they both wore [[sea]]-blue robes.
   
These Istari were only hinted at in ''[[The Hobbit]]'' and ''[[The Lord of the Rings]],'' where [[Gandalf]] and [[Saruman]], respectively, mention that there are five [[Wizards]]. However, other writings of [[Tolkien]] have more to say: In [[Tolkien]]'s ''[[Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age]]'' it is revealed that aside from Curunír (Saruman), Mithrandir (Gandalf), and Radagast, there were "others of the Istari who went into the east of Middle-earth, and do not come into these tales."<ref>''[[The Silmarillion]], [[Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age]]''</ref> Tolkien also writes in ''[[Unfinished Tales]]'' that the two Wizards were sent to the [[East]]. Their names in [[Valinor]] were [[Alatar|'''''Alatar''''']] and [[Pallando|'''''Pallando''''']]'''''. '''''Alatar was a Maia of the Vala [[Oromë]] who chose him to go to Middle-Earth. Alatar asked his friend Pallando to join him on his mission.<ref name="Unfinished">''[[Unfinished Tales]],'' Part Four, chapter II: "[[The Istari (chapter)|The Istari]]"</ref>
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These Istari were only hinted at in ''[[The Hobbit]]'' and ''[[The Lord of the Rings]],'' where [[Gandalf]] and [[Saruman]], respectively, mention that there are five [[Wizards]]. However, other writings of [[Tolkien]] have more to say: In [[Tolkien]]'s ''[[Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age]]'' it is revealed that aside from Curunír (Saruman), Mithrandir (Gandalf), and Radagast, there were "others of the Istari who went into the east of Middle-earth, and do not come into these tales."<ref>''[[The Silmarillion]], [[Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age]]''</ref> Tolkien also writes in ''[[Unfinished Tales]]'' that the two Wizards were sent to the East. Their names in [[Valinor]] were [[Alatar|'''''Alatar''''']] and [[Pallando|'''''Pallando''''']]'''''. '''''Alatar was a Maia of the Vala [[Oromë]] who chose him to go to Middle-Earth. Alatar asked his friend Pallando to join him on his mission.<ref name="Unfinished">''[[Unfinished Tales]],'' Part Four, chapter II: "[[The Istari (chapter)|The Istari]]"</ref>
   
 
== History==
 
== History==
[[File:Unfinished Tales PB.jpg|thumb|300px|The Blue Wizards journeying to the East of Middle-earth]]The time that they arrived in Middle-Earth is uncertain. In the Unfinished Tales, Tolkien wrote that the five Istari came to Middle-Earth together in T.A. 1000. However, in The Peoples of Middle-Earth, they are said to have arrived in the [[Second Age|Second]] Age, around the year [[SA 1600]], the time of the Forging of the [[One Ring]]. [[Glorfindel]] was likely also, Tolkien mentioned later, a shipmate of the Wizards, for he reappears in history about that time.<ref name="Unfinished22">[[The Hobbit|''Unfinished Tales'',]] Part Four, chapter II: "[[The Lord of the Rings|The Istari]]"</ref> Their mission was directed at weakening [[Sauron]]'s forces in the [[East|eastern]] and southern parts of [[Middle-earth]] whereas the other Istari were focused on the western reigons.
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[[File:Unfinished Tales PB.jpg|thumb|300px|The Blue Wizards journeying to the East of Middle-earth]]The time that they arrived in Middle-Earth is uncertain. In the Unfinished Tales, Tolkien wrote that the five Istari came to Middle-Earth together in T.A. 1000. However, in The Peoples of Middle-Earth, they are said to have arrived in the [[Second Age|Second]] Age, around the year [[SA 1600]], the time of the Forging of the [[One Ring]]. [[Glorfindel]] was likely also, Tolkien mentioned later, a shipmate of the Wizards, for he reappears in history about that time.<ref name="Unfinished22">[[The Hobbit|''Unfinished Tales'',]] Part Four, chapter II: "[[The Lord of the Rings|The Istari]]"</ref> Their mission was directed at weakening [[Sauron]]'s forces in the eastern and southern parts of [[Middle-earth]] whereas the other Istari were focused on the western reigons.
   
It is also uncertain whether or not they failed in their mission, but it seems most likely they failed. In [[Unfinished Tales|''Unfinished Tales'']] Tolkien writes that " indeed of all the Istari, one only remained faithful" when referring to [[Gandalf]]. Also in letter 211 ,he said ,"what success they had I do not know; but I fear that they failed, as [[Saruman]] did, though doubtless in different ways; I suspect that they were founders or beginners of secret cults and 'magic' traditions that outlasted the fall of [[Sauron]]". <ref>''[[The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien]]''</ref> However, all of this changes in a text in The Peoples of Middle-Earth written in the last year or two of Tolkien's life.<ref>''[[The History of Middle-earth]]'', Vol. XII: ''[[The Peoples of Middle-earth]]''</ref> 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 had a second set of names (for instance, their names used in Middle-earth). And here it is 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 [[Last Alliance of Elves and Men|Second]] and the [[Battle of Dale|Third Ages]]. The excerpt accounts the following, "they must have had a very great influence on the history of the Second Age and Third Age in weakening and disarraying the forces of the [[East]]... who would both in the second age and third age otherwise have... outnumbered the [[West]].
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It is also uncertain whether or not they failed in their mission, but it seems most likely they failed. In [[Unfinished Tales|''Unfinished Tales'']] Tolkien writes that " indeed of all the Istari, one only remained faithful" when referring to [[Gandalf]]. Also in letter 211 ,he said ,"what success they had I do not know; but I fear that they failed, as [[Saruman]] did, though doubtless in different ways; I suspect that they were founders or beginners of secret cults and 'magic' traditions that outlasted the fall of [[Sauron]]". <ref>''[[The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien]]''</ref> However, all of this changes in a text in The Peoples of Middle-Earth written in the last year or two of Tolkien's life.<ref>''[[The History of Middle-earth]]'', Vol. XII: ''[[The Peoples of Middle-earth]]''</ref> 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 had a second set of names (for instance, their names used in Middle-earth). And here it is 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 [[Last Alliance of Elves and Men|Second]] and the [[Battle of Dale|Third Ages]]. The excerpt accounts the following, "they must have had a very great influence on the history of the Second Age and Third Age in weakening and disarraying the forces of the East... who would both in the second age and third age otherwise have... outnumbered the West.
   
 
== Etymology ==
 
== Etymology ==

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The Blue Wizards

The Blue Wizards (or the Ithryn Luin) were two mysterious characters of Middle-earth; so-named because they both wore sea-blue robes.

These Istari were only hinted at in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, where Gandalf and Saruman, respectively, mention that there are five Wizards. However, other writings of Tolkien have more to say: In Tolkien's Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age it is revealed that aside from Curunír (Saruman), Mithrandir (Gandalf), and Radagast, there were "others of the Istari who went into the east of Middle-earth, and do not come into these tales."[1] Tolkien also writes in Unfinished Tales that the two Wizards were sent to the East. Their names in Valinor were Alatar and Pallando. Alatar was a Maia of the Vala Oromë who chose him to go to Middle-Earth. Alatar asked his friend Pallando to join him on his mission.[2]

History

Unfinished Tales PB

The Blue Wizards journeying to the East of Middle-earth

The time that they arrived in Middle-Earth is uncertain. In the Unfinished Tales, Tolkien wrote that the five Istari came to Middle-Earth together in T.A. 1000. However, in The Peoples of Middle-Earth, they are said to have arrived in the Second Age, around the year SA 1600, the time of the Forging of the One Ring. Glorfindel was likely also, Tolkien mentioned later, a shipmate of the Wizards, for he reappears in history about that time.[3] Their mission was directed at weakening Sauron's forces in the eastern and southern parts of Middle-earth whereas the other Istari were focused on the western reigons.

It is also uncertain whether or not they failed in their mission, but it seems most likely they failed. In Unfinished Tales Tolkien writes that " indeed of all the Istari, one only remained faithful" when referring to Gandalf. Also in letter 211 ,he said ,"what success they had I do not know; but I fear that they failed, as Saruman did, though doubtless in different ways; I suspect that they were founders or beginners of secret cults and 'magic' traditions that outlasted the fall of Sauron". [4] However, all of this changes in a text in The Peoples of Middle-Earth written in the last year or two of Tolkien's life.[5] 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 had a second set of names (for instance, their names used in Middle-earth). And here it is 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. The excerpt accounts the following, "they must have had a very great influence on the history of the Second Age and Third Age in weakening and disarraying the forces of the East... who would both in the second age and third age otherwise have... outnumbered the West.

Etymology

The name Romestamo means East-helper, from the Quenya word romen, meaning uprising, sunrise, east.

Portrayal in adaptations

Bluewizardsmordor

Blue Wizards azurite figurine

Video games

In the game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, a Weathered Azurite Figurine can be found in the north-western part of the Sea of Núrnen. In the game their names are not said, but the description of the artifact implies the two wizards are Alatar and Pallando. In the memory of this artifact is said:

"See, there were two of them, and they both came in from the road with a hard look in their eyes, as if they'd traveled too far and seen too much. They were Wizards, true, both of 'em caked in dust, and when one's talk he'd stop to think and there'd be the other to finish right up, like they had one brain and two mouths. It was creepy for sure, but neither seemed to notice.

I heard them say they were hunting the darkness. Darned if I know if they found it. But I guess those fellows can find trouble when they're looking for it."

Translations around the world

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Blou Towenaars
Albanian Magjistarët e Kaltër
Amharic ሰማያዊ አጋዦች
Arabic أزرق السحرة
Armenian կապույտ Վիզարդզ
Azerbaijani Mavi Sehrbazlar
Basque Azti Urdinak
Belarusian Cyrillic сінія чараўнікі
Bengali নীল জাদুকররা
Bosnian Plavi Čarobnjaci
Bulgarian Cyrillic Сините Магьосници
Cambodian អ្នកជំនួយការខៀវ
Catalan Mags Blaus
Chinese (Hong Kong) 藍色巫師
Cornish Pystrioryon Blou
Croatian Plavi Čarobnjaci
Czech Modří Čarodějové
Danish Blå Troldmænd
Dutch Blauwe Tovenaars
Esperanto Bluaj Magiistoj
Estonian Sinised Võlurid
Faroese Bláur gandakallur ?
Fijian Daucakamana ena Karakarawa
Filipino Bughaw na Manggagaway
Finnish Siniset Velhot
French Mages Bleus
Frisian Blau Tsjoender
Galician Magos Azuis
Georgian ლურჯი ჯადოსნები
German Blaue Zauberer
Greek Μπλε Μάγοι
Gujarati બ્લુ વિઝાર્ડઝ
Haitian Creole Sòsye Ble
Hawaiian Uliuli Kupua
Hebrew קוסמים הכחולים (Blue Wizards)

איתרין לואין (Ithryn Luin)

Hindi ब्लू विजार्ड्स
Hungarian Kék Varázsló
Icelandic Blár Galdramenn
Indonesian Penyihir Biru
Irish Gaelic Draoi Gorm
Italian Stregoni Blu
Japanese 青のウィザード
Kannada ನೀಲಿ ಮಾಂತ್ರಿಕರು
Kazakh Көк сиқыршылар (Cyrillic) Kök sïqırşılar (Latin)
Korean 청색의 마법사
Kurdish Sêrbazên Şîn (Kurmanji Kurdish)
Latin Caeruleus Veneficus
Latvian Zils Vedņi
Lithuanian Mėlynos Burtininkai
Luxembourgish Blo Zauberer
Macedonian Cyrillic сина Визардс
Malagasy Manga Mitsiatsiaka
Malaysian Pendeta Biru
Maltese Ikħal-sħaħar
Marathi निळा विझार्ड्स
Mongolian Cyrillic Цэнхэр ид шидтэнгүүд
Nepalese निलो जादूगर
Norwegian Blå Veivisere
Occitan Mascs Blau
Pashto زنگالي جادوگران
Persian جادوگران آبی (Blue Wizards)

ایترین لوین (Ithryn Luin)

Polish Błękitni Czarodzieje
Portuguese Magos Azuis
Punjabi ਨੀਲੇ ਜਾਦੂਗਰ
Romanian Vrăjitorii Albaștri
Russian Синие маги
Sanskrit नीलःमायाकार
Serbian Плави Чаробњаци (Cyrillic) / Plavi Čarobnjaci (Latin)
Sindhi نيرو جادوگر
Sinhalese නිල් සූනියම්කරුවන්
Slovak Modrý Čarodej
Slovenian Modra Čarovnika
Somalian Saaxiriinta Buluug
Spanish Magos Azules
Swahili Wachawi Bluu
Swedish Blå Trollkarlar
Tajik Cyrillic Кабуд ҷодугарон
Tamil நீலம் சூனியக்காரர்கள்
Telugu నీలము ఇంద్రజాలికులు
Thai บลูวิซาร์ด
Turkish Mavi Büyücüler
Ukrainian Cyrillic Синій чарівники
Urdu نیلا جادوگر
Uzbek Кўк Сеҳргарлар (Cyrillic) Ko'k Sehrgarlar (Latin)
Vietnamese Phù thủy Màu xanh
Welsh Dewiniaid Glas
Yiddish בלוי וויזאַרדס
Yucatec Maya Magos Azules

References

  1. The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age
  2. Unfinished Tales, Part Four, chapter II: "The Istari"
  3. Unfinished Tales, Part Four, chapter II: "The Istari"
  4. The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien
  5. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth
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