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Radagast arrived in Midle-earth in c.III 1000; Saruman named him 'Bird-tamer' on 10 July III 30181
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Saruman’s title for Radagast

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A mocking title given to Radagast by Saruman, and in fact close to the meaning of his original name, Aiwendil.



To our knowledge, Saruman used 'Bird-tamer' as an insult to Radagast during the War of the Ring, but its origins are perhaps far older than that. Before he came to Middle-earth, thousands of years before the War, the Maia who would become Radagast was known by the Elvish name Aiwendil, which translates as 'friend of birds'. Though the sense is not identical, it seems reasonable to assume that Saruman - who knew Radagast even in those ancient times - would have been influenced in his choice of name by that old Elvish term.

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