Thread: Wizards of Middle-Earth
2) Curunir (Saruman)
3) Aiwendil (Radagast)
[Edited on 10/7/2003 by Valedhelgwath]
To me, this says that there were five that came to the North of M.E., but perhaps more Wizards came to other parts of Middle-Earth, and their journeys/purposes were simply not recorded...
In the north, two wizards, both also failed their task: Saruman became corrupted in his search for the knowledge of power required to throw down Sauron and Radagast forgot the task in his study of Middle-earth's fauna.
Thus only the greatest of the five, Olorin (aka. Gandalf, Mithrandir, The Grey Pilgrim, etc.) able to sway the hearts of Men sufficiently to keep Sauron from taking over Middle-earth, and even then it took a lot of divine intervention by Eru. For I hold that Eru had to be in the background pulling strings, for all these innumerable coincidences to have happened at the right time and place.
Also, we only know this, because History is written by the winners, and if the others had any part in bringing Sauron's downfall into fruition, we have no record of it, for it was Gandalf's friends who brought us our knowledge of those times.
Thanks for telling me, because I've been dying to know all of the wizards.
[Edited on 14/7/2003 by Faramir*]
He did that, didn't he?
Btw, I've read somewhere that Gandalf failed too. He had to make a choice in Moria: to get the Fellowship members killed while trying to rescue him or to sacrifice himself! Thus, Gandalf's failure is attenuated by his choice.
Thanx to val for the three last wizards that I coudln't find ...
I just read that thing about Gandalf; it was in a book written by one of his critics, I think! (And you know his "kind" opinion about them, right! hehe) Anyway, I take it more as a metaphore, cause Gandalf did help very much the Quest!