A Quenya word meaning 'Wise One', equivalent to Sindarin Ithron. This name was given to the members of an order of five mysterious strangers who arrived in Middle-earth in around the year III 1000. It was later revealed to the Wise among Elves that these were Maiar, powerful beings out of the Uttermost West sent as emissaries of the Valar in the struggle against the Shadow. The Elvish name Istar (plural Istari) is translated as 'Wizard', and conversely the word 'Wizard' in Tolkien's work always refers to one of these five Istari from beyond the Great Sea.
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