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In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Wizards of Middle-earth are a group of beings outwardly resembling Men but possessing much greater physical and mental power. They are also called the Istari (Quenya for "Wise Ones") by the Elves. The Sindarin word is Ithryn (sing. Ithron). They were sent by the Valar to assist the peoples of Middle-earth to contest Sauron.
The wizards were Maiar, spirits of the same order as the Valar, but lesser in power. The first three were known in the Mannish tongues as Saruman "man of skill" (Rohirric), Gandalf "elf of the staff" (northern Men), and Radagast "tender of beasts" (possibly Westron). Tolkien never gave non-Elvish names for the other two; one tradition gives their names in Valinor as Alatar and Pallando, and another as Morinehtar and Rómestámo in Middle-earth. Each wizard had robes of a characteristic colour: white for Saruman (the chief and the most powerful of the five), grey for Gandalf, brown for Radagast, and sea-blue for Alatar and Pallando (known consequently as the Blue Wizards). Gandalf and Saruman both play important roles in The Lord of the Rings, while Radagast appears only briefly. Alatar and Pallando do not feature in the story, as they journeyed far into the east after their arrival in Middle-earth.
Tolkien gives multiple names for all of them. In Quenya Saruman was Curumo ("skillful one"), Gandalf was Olórin ("dreaming" or "dreamer"); and Radagast was Aiwendil ("friend of birds"). The Quenya names Morinehtar ("darkness-slayer") and Rómestámo ("east-helper") are given for Alatar and Pallando, though it is not clear which name goes with which wizard. Other names are noted in individual articles.
As the Istari were Maiar, each one served a Vala in some way. Saruman, or Curumo, was the servant and helper of Aulë, and so learned much in the art of craftsmanship, mechanics, and metal-working, as was seen in the later Third Age. Gandalf was the servant of Manwë or Varda, but was a lover of the Gardens of Lórien, and so knew much of the hopes and dreams of Men and Elves.Radagast, servant of Yavanna, loved the things of nature, both Kelvar and Olvar. As each of these Istari learned from their Vala, so they acted in Middle-earth.
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Rome03 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
I love stained glass windows
FaithBField Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Student Filmographer
I think it looks liked a stained glass window
johncarswell Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Amazing work as usual. I used this in a post on "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age" from The Silmarillion. Hope that's OK!…
LostGryphin Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
stunning illustration
Excalabear Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
I really like your art!  I'm a long time Tolkien fan and find your work very original, which is great!

I would be careful of letting Jackson's movies influence your work too much though.  Embrace your own vision of the stories!  There was no bunny sled in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.  (Personally, I thought the movie did a great disservice to Radagast.)
mdlillustration Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
So much to see in one image but it all works together. love it

You're in my journal hope you don't mind!
CrimsonHunter150 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
This is fantastic!!!
jonaserkul Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
And the Necromancer as well... Nice.
SocQA Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Absolutely beautiful. I really like your artworks, they are wonderful and so rich in detail
FellitoRockero Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
HyugaJenn Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
speechless... this is just amazing!!
Darthleapyous Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
this is 

Alewar117 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
I love all the lore of tolkien and your work is fantastic!

Who is the one among the spiders, in the same circule that Radagast? Its looks like a nazgul but i not sure... Besides the nazgul were kings before the nine rings. Maybe te corrupted maiar, Sauronæ?

Sorraia89 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
I think you're right about that. Considering he was in Greenwood the Great before he was in Mordor, and was the cause of it becoming Mirkwood.
Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow,just... WOW!
ares12 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student Writer
Lyn-Kat Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aww, beautiful work. :iconlovely-plz:

I wondered about the mysterious blue wizards' appearances too.
I did my own rendition of them meeting up with Gandalf the Grey too.

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Perelynn Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Radagast! I rarely see him in fanart, and yours is a true joy.
diegolintz Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Your works are true art. Thank you for this and the other pieces.
Vingilot Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Amazing colors! I hope they could print a scarf with this picture!
BitchWizard Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
I noticed, in the corners, you have symbols for Varda, Aulė, Yavanna & Oromė. It's a nice touch.
Patolozka Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art is amazing... How do you do it to reach such a perfect lines? Special program? :-)
Coronel-Lo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
amazing, the palette of colors and the forms wow
Ki-Plueschie Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow amazing your works are so cool O____O
gbindis Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
The composition of this work is stunning. I could look at it for hours!
AtlasArtifex Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love your artwork! this one is my favorite I think :D
Which one is your personal favorite ?
gogaua Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
love your style!!!!
tibo5000 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
OMG !!!!
Lidiadans Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
so beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AnklaX Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Absolutely beautiful. The artistic prowess shown in this artwork is epic. Seems to me any complement I can make is an understatement.
Tarper Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
These are just wonderful, thanks for having prints available!
Elenkir Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Saruman creates human-orc and grows armies of these to conquer the Middle-Earth, Gandalf trying to destroy the Ring and fights the Balrog and Radagast... well... he just riding rabbits.
HighPriestFuneral Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
You are a rare talent! Thank you for posting these works for all of us to enjoy. I have always been greatly intrigued by the Wizards of Middle Earth. Gandalf and Saruman have a wealth written about them but Radagast, Alatar, and Pallando have very little, which is why I am glad you have used Peter Jackson's take on Radagast. I feel he was treated with the respect and the free-nature that I felt would accompany a fully fleshed out Radagast.

You included all of the Wizards and even differentiated the two Blue Wizards if only just slightly.
TheRealPonyboy Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Treated with respect? I wish I could say the same, but being covered in bird shit doesn't exactly epitomize the definition of the word for me.
aldomann Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Remember that the Istari are not human. They don't necessarily have to feel disrespected by the same things as humans. HighPriestFuneral is right, Radagast figure is treated by Jackson's team in a very clever way.
TheRealPonyboy Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yep. I'm well versed in Tolkien-lore. I don't think covering ANY character in feces is "clever"... and if you think so, well I'm sorry, but that's just nuts.
niandas Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice piece and extra points for knowing the names of the other 2 Istari :trophy:
blueToaster Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
One day, I will buy prints of all the LOTR art you've done and fill my walls with it's beauty! Great works! I really love them!!
Leuthile Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
gonna buy :-*
HoshiBlue21 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
As always your works are amazing, make imagination fly and full of colours!
love Radagast hare sleigh
kaohu Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
wow!love this one!!!
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dragonsong17 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this series that you're doing- every one is awesome! X)
AdrianosArt Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Outstanding! Your work never ceases to amaze me.
Nortstar Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
it is so pretty :)
DameRuth Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Just beautiful!
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willwhisper Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Excellent! Excellent work you did there, it took my breath away.
Lil-Miss-Crazy Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow..... Lovely.. You Are AMAZING :worship:
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