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Dates
Came to Middle-earth c. III 1000; Saruman was slain III 3019 and Gandalf left Middle-earth III 3021; the fates of the other Wizards are unknown
Origins
An order of beings sent to Middle-earth by the Valar to work against Sauron
Race
Division
Settlements
Saruman settled in Isengard from III 2759, while Radagast dwelt (at least for a time) at Rhosgobel
Meaning
Wizards means 'wise ones'
Other names
Heren Istarion; the members of the order were variously known as the Five Wizards, Istari, Ithryn, Wizards
Titles
The Five
Note
The word 'Wizard' has a very specific meaning in Tolkien's work; it is intended as a translation of Elvish istar, and applies only to the members of this Order; the word's more general use, for any person who works magical acts, does not apply in this context

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Order of Wizards

The Heren Istarion

The order of five Istari or Wizards selected by the Valar as their emissaries, and sent eastward across the Great Sea to Middle-earth after a thousand years of the Third Age had passed. Their leader became known as Curunír, or Saruman, and also among the order were the beings known to Men as Gandalf and Radagast. The other two Wizards - known together as the Ithryn Luin or Blue Wizards - journeyed into the distant eastern lands of Middle-earth and did not return.

For a list of the known members of the Order, see the entry for Wizards.


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