Thread: What ever happened to Radagast the Brown?
Gwaihir, the Lord of the Eagles, was coming to make one of these reports when he found Gandalf captive upon the top of Orthanac. I assume after that, that Gwaihir carried a postBody from Gandalf to Radagast to also report to Galadriel and Elrond, they being the other members of the White Council. We can thus assume that Radagast was the 'Good Guys' spymaster who coordinated regional intelligence gathering during the War of the Ring.
Other than the above bit of speculation, I don't think we know what happened to Radagast.
For Radagast, the fourth, became enamoured of the many beasts and birds that dwelt in Middle-earth, and forsook Elves and Men, and spent his days among the wild creatures. Unfinished Tales
As far as the two who went into the far east, I have a theory that one of them ended up as the "watcher in the water", twisted into an evil monster by Sauron like Melkor twisted other Maia into Balrogs (and I suspect Dragons as well).
Now with what I said above about the wizards being sent because the Valar forsaw their efforts, I don't believe that Saruman was meant to fail, but I am sure the Valar saw him as being a "wild card" so to speak, in that he was corruptable, but he brought enough skills to the job that it was worth the chance. Don't forget that Galadrial pushed to have Gandalf as head of the White Council because she saw something in Saruman she didn't like (perhaps that he was corruptable, if not already corrupted by the time the White Council was formed). Perhaps Saruman was one of the Maia who repented when Melkor was finally cast out of Ea and this was meant as his penance, only he failed.
As for Gandalf and Saruman going to Mordor, I have no memory of such an occurrence, though it could have just escaped my mind. All I can think of is how Gandalf was the only to get into Dol Guldur, instead.
Edit: I had forgotten that the Letters were more recent than UT, and JRRT had changed Alatar's name to Morinehtar and Pallando's to Rómestámo.
Yeah, I think I was reading through the UT discussion group and I saw some posts there talking about the other wizards and I faintly recall there being more info., however, I thought it was in the LOTR Appendices, only I was sorely disappointed to not find it when I re-read the book. I guess at some point, probably when I was in college, I read the UT and probably still have the book, but its stowed away at my dad's house. I thought I had read the Lost Tales I, at least back then, but it was probably the UT that I read, as the LT I that I am currently reading seems to be very unfamiliar.
Back to the topic however, I guess I spoke out of turn, as I will have to go and buy the UT and read it when I get a chance, before I can truly comment more on this subject. I remember the last time I tried reading everything I could about ME that I just got burned out, so I'm trying to take it at a more reasonable and leisurely pace this time around, as the HOME series is a large one.
...one only returned, others never again
Saruman belittled, and to his cost underestimated Radagast. He saw his lack of ambition for power as a weakness, and saw him as a simpleton. After he assisted Gandalf escape from Orthanc, Saruman may indeed have wished revenge, but I think the timeframe was too short for this to have occured. A lot was going on in Saruman's world at that time, what with building an army to take over Rohan and his search for the ring. I don't think he would have had time to take a journey all the way to Mirkwood just to exact his revenge.
Personally, I see Radagast's absence from Rhosgobel as meaning he was now undertaking Yavanna's task. Many evil things were issuing from Dol Guldur at this stage, and I don't think it is any accident that Radagast chose the fringes of Mirkwood as his dwelling place. No doubt as those armies marched on Thranduil's realm, Radagast was close by, doing his best to protect the plants and animals from them, and possibly also summoning the aid from such creatures.
His failure to return to the West at the end of the War is hardly surprising either. His duty was to protect the plants and animals. Unlike the other Istari, his duty was not over with the demise of Sauron. The Fourth Age was to be the Age of Man.... not a good prospect for the trees under his care. I think Radagast survived the War of the Ring, but chose to stay in Middle Earth when the others returned, because he knew his task was not yet over.