The Blue Wizards

The Blue Wizards (or the Ithryn Luin) were two mysterious characters of Middle-earth; so-named because they both wore sea-blue robes.

These Istari were only hinted at in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, where Gandalf and Saruman, respectively, mention that there are five Wizards. However, other writings of Tolkien have more to say: In Tolkien's Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age it is revealed that aside from Curunír (Saruman), Mithrandir (Gandalf), and Radagast, there were "others of the Istari who went into the east of Middle-earth, and do not come into these tales."[1] Tolkien also writes in Unfinished Tales that the two Wizards were sent to the East. Their names in Valinor were Alatar and Pallando, and they were Maiar of the Vala Oromë.[2]


Unfinished Tales PB

The Blue Wizards journeying to the East of Middle-earth

In a letter, Tolkien says that these two wizards went into the East, and likely failed their mission, perhaps having started magical cults.[3] However, all of this changes in a text written in the last year or two of Tolkien's life.[4] An alternate set of names are given - Morinehtar and Rómestámo (or Rome(n)star), Darkness-slayer and East-helper. It is not clear whether these names were intended to be replacements for Alatar and Pallando or whether they were a second set of names (for instance, their names used in Middle-earth).

They are said to have arrived not in the Third Age, but in the Second, around the year SA 1600, the time of the Forging of the One Ring. Their mission was directed at weakening Sauron's forces in the eastern part of Middle-earth. And it is here said that the Wizards far from failed; rather, they had a pivotal role in the victories of the West at the end of both the Second and the Third Ages. Glorfindel was likely also, Tolkien mentioned later, a shipmate of the Wizards, for he reappears in history about that time.[2]


The name Romestamo means East-helper, from the Quenya word romen, meaning uprising, sunrise, east.

Portrayal in adaptations Edit


Blue Wizards azurite figurine

Video gamesEdit

In the game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, The Weathered Azurite Figurine, The Two Wizards artifact can be found in the north-western part of the Sea of Núrnen. In the game their names are not said, but from the description of this artifact we can guess that these two wizards are Alatar and Pallando. In the memory of this artifact is said:

"See, there were two of them, and they both came in from the road with a hard look in their eyes, as if they'd traveled too far and seen too much. They were Wizards, true, both of 'em caked in dust, and when one'd talk he'd stop to think and there'd be the other to finish right up, like they had one brain and two mouths. It was creepy for sure, but neither seemed to notice.

I heard them say they were hunting the darkness. Damned if I know if they found it. But I guess those fellows can find trouble when they're looking for it."

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Blou Towenaars
Albanian Magjistarët e Kaltër
Amharic ሰማያዊ አጋዦች
Arabic السحرة الزرق
Armenian կապույտ Վիզարդզ
Azerbaijani Mavi Sehrbazlar
Basque Urdin Morroia
Belarusian Cyrillic сінія чараўнікі
Bengali ব্লু উইজার্ড
Bosnian Plavi Čarobnjaci
Bulgarian Cyrillic Сините Магьосници
Cambodian អ្នកជំនួយការខៀវ
Catalan Mags Blaus
Chinese (Hong Kong) 藍色巫師
Croatian Plavi Čarobnjaci
Czech Modří Čarodějové
Danish Blå Troldmænd
Dutch Blauwe Tovenaars
Esperanto Bluaj Magiistoj
Estonian Sinised Võlurid
Fijian Daucakamana ena Karakarawa
Filipino Asul Mangkukulam
Finnish Siniset Velhot
French Mages Bleus
Frisian Blau Tsjoender
Galician Magos Azuis
Georgian ლურჯი ჯადოსნები
German Blaue Zauberer
Greek Μπλε Μάγοι
Gujarati બ્લુ વિઝાર્ડઝ
Haitian Creole Sòsye Ble
Hawaiian Uliuli Kupua
Hebrew המכשפים הכחולים
Hindi ब्लू विजार्ड्स
Hungarian Kék Varázsló
Icelandic Blár Galdramenn
Indonesian Penyihir Biru
Irish Gaelic Draoi Gorm
Italian Stregoni Blu
Japanese 青のウィザード
Kannada ಬ್ಲೂ ವಿಸರ್ಡ್ಸ್
Kazakh Cyrillic Көк сиқыршы
Korean 블루 마법사
Kurdish سین سه‌ربازا (Arabic script) Sêrbazên Şîn (Latin)
Latin Caeruleus Veneficus
Latvian Zils Vedņi
Lithuanian Mėlynos Burtininkai
Luxembourgish Blo Zauberer
Macedonian Cyrillic сина Визардс
Malagasy Manga Mitsiatsiaka
Malay Pendeta Biru
Maltese Sahhar Ikħal
Marathi निळा विझार्ड्स
Mongolian Cyrillic цэнхэр Визардс
Nepalese नीलो जादूगर
Norwegian Blå Veivisere
Occitan Mascs Blau
Pashto زنگالي اسانګر ?
Persian جادوگران آبی
Polish Błękitni Czarodzieje
Portuguese Magos Azuis
Punjabi ਨੀਲਾ ਵਿਜ਼ਾਰਡਸ
Romanian Vrăjitorii Albaștri
Russian Синие маги
Sanskrit नीलःमायाकार
Serbian Плави Чаробњаци (Cyrillic) / Plavi Čarobnjaci (Latin)
Sindhi نيرو جادوگر
Sinhalese නිල් සන්දේශය
Slovak Modrý Čarodej
Slovenian Modra Čarovnika
Somalian Saaxiriinta Buluug
Spanish Magos Azules
Swahili Wachawi Bluu
Swedish Blå Trollkarlar
Tajik Cyrillic кабуд ҷодугарон
Tamil ப்ளூ விசார்ட்ஸ்
Telugu బ్లూ విజార్డ్స్
Thai บลูวิซาร์ด
Tongan Kau taula fa'ahikehe lanu pulu
Turkish Mavi Büyücüler
Ukrainian Cyrillic сині маги
Urdu نیلے جادوگر
Uzbek Кўк Сеҳргарлар (Cyrillic) Ko'k Sehrgarlar (Latin)
Vietnamese Phù thủy Màu xanh
Welsh Dewiniaid Glas
Yiddish בלוי וויזאַרדס
Yucatec Maya Magos Azules


  1. The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age
  2. 2.0 2.1 Unfinished Tales, Part Four, chapter II: "The Istari"
  3. The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth