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In “Rings of Power,” What Does “Istar” Mean?

The season one conclusion of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power had numerous major disclosures, including who the Stranger (Daniel Weyman) could possibly be in the universe of The Lord of the Rings, now known as the Istar.

In the first episode, Elanor “Nori” Brandyfoot (Markella Kavenagh) spotted the mysterious stranger who had fallen from the sky and crashed near the harfoot camp. Despite his massive stature and her village’s mistrust of strangers, the diminutive harfoot befriended the unusual guy fast.

In "Rings of Power," What Does "Istar" Mean?

Although The Stranger had no recollection of who he was or where he came from, he possessed damaging magical skills, as perceived by the harfoots. However, Nori considered him to be trustworthy and encouraged him to accompany the traveling hobbit-like creatures to their next camp.

The three enigmatic individuals in white cloaks, like witches, located the crash site of The Stranger and followed the tourists on their voyage. In the meantime, one of the harfoot children was nearly struck by a branch after attempting to resuscitate a tree damaged by Mount Doom’s explosion. Expelled from the camp, The Stranger embarked on his own journey. Unbeknownst to him, the white-cloaked persons attacked the harfoot camp after arriving in search of him.

The conclusion begins with the mysterious white-cloaked figures apprehending The Stranger. Afraid and bewildered, he watches in disbelief as they abruptly bow. Ascetic (Kali Kopae) states, “We come to serve you, Lord Sauron.”

Nori and a few harfoots decide to aid The Stranger after they have attacked the harfoots’ base camp and start out in pursuit of him. The harfoots attack the Mystics while Nori tries to save her friend, whom she believes to be a nice person, by handing him the staff that Ascetic carries and pleading with him to aid them.

As the Dweller (Bridie Sisson) prepares to kill the harfoots with fireballs and all appears lost, he rises up, extinguishes the flames, and sends the Mystics back to where they came from. When they realize their error, the Mystics are stunned. “He is not Sauron,” declares the Nomad (Edith Poor).

“He is the other…Istar” continues the ascetic. “He is…” The Stranger declares, “I am good,” as he casts the Mystics back into the shadows.

As he strikes them with the staff, their bodies transform into many moths that then flutter away. Nori asks him, once the dust has settled, what the Mystics meant when they referred to him as the Istar. “That means ‘wise one’ or ‘wizard’ in your language,” he responds. Yes, The Stranger is now verified to be one of the five wizards sent to safeguard innocent people. Saruman the White, Gandalf the Grey, Radagast the Brown, and two unknown blue wizards are the five.

Who Exactly is He?

It would be fantastic to finally meet the blue wizards, but based on the evidence shown thus far, it is probably safe to infer that he is the only Gandalf the Grey. He is nearly the right height, is friendly with nature and the ancestors of hobbits, and chooses his words very carefully.

In "Rings of Power," What Does "Istar" Mean?

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“At times, our paths are determined by forces greater than ourselves. In such instances, we must force our feet to tread where our hearts do not like to go. “Regardless of the dangers that await us along the route,” he says to Nori, who then decides to leave her home and embark on an adventure with her friend.

Nori informs him that she has no idea where to go. He indicates across the plains while smelling the air and stating that it is that way. The young harfoot is perplexed.

“There is a pleasant aroma in the air here,” he comments. “When in doubt, always follow your nose, Elanor Brandyfoot,” The final sentence is a reference to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, in which Gandalf advises Meriadoc, “When in doubt, follow your nose.”

Please indicate in the comments if you believe The Stranger to be Gandalf the Grey or another wizard.