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Who Are the Wizards in Lord of the Rings? Who Are All the Wizards in Tolkien’s Lore?

The Rings of Power’s season one conclusion included not one but two huge revelations. Sauron’s true nature was the first mystery to be solved. It was Halbrand the whole time, and the clues were there. The second was the confirmation of what many fans had assumed all along: that the Stranger is, in fact, a magician and not the Dark Lord.

The three witches of Rhûn in the far east are convinced that the Stranger is actually Sauron and set out to find him. Dark Lord’s minions want to train him in the eastern use of his abilities and then return him there. As it turns out, that was a disastrous decision.

It is through the guidance of the good-natured harfoot Nori that the Stranger comes to the conclusion that he is good and not evil. The Stranger fights the witches as they try to murder Nori and her harfoot companions. After witnessing his might, they conclude that he is not Sauron but rather a powerful wizard known as an istar. By declaring, “I am good,” he sends them back into the abyss from which they came.

The show has yet to establish if The Stranger is one of the five wizards from J.R.R. Tolkien’s literature, including Gandalf, Saruman, and the mysterious Blue Wizards mentioned in Tolkien’s books but never shown onscreen before. In the final episode of the season, there is a phrase that strongly implies the Stranger is indeed our beloved Gandalf. Yet there are many indications that the claim may be misleading.

Learn more about the wizards of Middle-earth and who the mysterious Stranger maybe with this complete guide to Tolkien’s magical characters.

What Does Istar Mean?

Istar means “wise one” or “wizard,” as the Stranger explains to Nori in the show.

who are the wizards in lord of the rings?

Technically, the wizards of Middle-earth are Maiar, or primordial spirits, who were dispatched there by the Valar to aid in the battle against Sauron. They are not to immediately confront the Dark Lord but rather to aid the people of Middle-earth in their struggle against him.

According to Tolkien, the istari are “nearly like babies in men’s bodies” when they first arrive in Middle-earth. This is why the Stranger has lost his or her memory; everything must be learned from scratch. If you want to know more about this, click on the link:-

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

Who Are All the Wizards in Tolkien’s Lore?

Tolkien described five wizards in his works: Gandalf the Gray, Saruman the White, Radagast the Brown, and two Blue Wizards who went unidentified.

You’ve certainly heard about Gandalf the Gray, the wizard who was part of the Fellowship of the Ring and was known for his wisdom and kindness toward the hobbits. As a result of his efforts, he slew a Balrog. Everyone’s posteriors were spared thanks to him at Helm’s Deep. To put it simply, he rocks. In short, he has our undying affection.

It’s true that we’re not huge fans of White Saruman. Once a good wizard, he eventually gave in to Sauron’s influence after gazing into the Palantir, a globe that predicts the future. Furthermore, he committed the worst possible sin for a Tolkien character: he felled an enormous number of trees in order to construct his tower and armies of orcs.

Radagast the Brown makes a cameo in both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He has a special connection with birds and is a huge animal lover. Gandalf praises his integrity and honesty, but Saruman calls him stupid. Saruman uses a guileless Radagast to draw Gandalf to his tower. Saruman has Gandalf cornered there.

Radagast, who doesn’t make an appearance in the movie but sends the eagle to rescue Gandalf from Saruman, does so in the novels. As the novel progresses, Radagast gets written out of it.

who are the wizards in lord of the rings?

The Blue Wizards remain largely mysterious to us. Pallando (alternately spelled Rómestámo, “East-helper”) and Alatar (alternately spelled Morinehtar, “Darkness-slayer”) are two of their names. There are conflicting accounts of how these wizards first arrived in Middle-earth, but we do know that they eventually made their way to the far east to combat with Saruman there. Exactly what happened to them is a mystery.

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Is the Stranger Actually Gandalf, and if So, What Are the Indicators?

Several things the Stranger has said and done this season have echoed Gandalf’s acts from J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings and Peter Jackson‘s Lord of the Rings film adaptations.

The Stranger, upon his arrival on Earth, whispers to lightning bugs, pleading with them to help him recreate a constellation. You may recall that in Jackson’s movies, Gandalf talked to a butterfly to summon one of the eagles to aid his escape from Saruman’s captivity.

Trees appear to hold a special place in the Stranger’s heart. Gandalf, like many good characters in Tolkien’s works, is an environmentalist who loves trees and despises anyone who harms them. Forest fires are a favorite pastime for Saruman and all the other evil characters (including the three witches who battle The Stranger in the series finale of The Rings of Power). It’s possible that the Stranger is indeed Gandalf because of his ability to revive a dead tree and put out destructive flames.

And in case you were wondering, the Stranger explicitly states in the series finale that he is, in fact, a good magician and not an evil one. The man hears one of the witches exclaim, “He’s…” after realizing he is not Sauron, and immediately responds, “I’m good.”

In addition, in the season one finale, the Stranger and Nori form an instantaneous relationship and embark on a voyage to the eastern countries. It’s possible that Gandalf’s fondness for hobbits, who are descended from harfoots, and his frequent visits to the Shire explain why the wizard is so fond of them.

To my mind, the most damning proof that the Stranger is indeed Gandalf is that, as soon as he learns to talk in complete phrases, he begins spouting forth Gandalf-isms. After Nori and the Stranger have been debating which way to travel, the Stranger finally comments, “There’s a delicious smell on the air this way.” Elanor Brandifoot, if you’re ever in question, just go with your gut instinct. A similar statement is spoken by Gandalf to Merry, a hobbit, in The Fellowship of the Ring.

It’s a well-known Gandalf saying, too. He is fond of using the full names of hobbits and making cryptic yet funny statements. In any case, Daniel Weyman is unmistakably paying homage to Ian McKellen’s portrayal of Gandalf in Jackson’s films, even if the Stranger doesn’t turn out to be Gandalf.