Friday, May 24, 2013

The Blue Wizards

Bilbo: "Are there any?"
Gandalf: "What?"
Bilbo: "Other wizards?"
             Gandalf: "There are five of us. The greatest of our Order is Saruman the White. 
        Then there are the two Blue Wizards . . . you know, I've quite forgotten their names."

~ Quote from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

I love pulling ideas out of the non-mainstream part of Tolkien's world. Some may know these two notoriously mysterious wizards by Gandalf's brief mention of them in the Hobbit movie. Their names are in fact Alatar and Pallando (or Morinehtar and Rómestámo, depending on which Tolkien source you read). They resided mostly in the far Eastern and Southern lands of Middle-Earth and never made direct appearances in the Lord of the Rings and were never mentioned by name. According to Tolkien, they were sent to the distant, enemy-occupied territories of Middle-Earth as "missionaries" to weaken Sauron's influence in those areas. It is believed their mission was a success and their actions played a a pivotal role in the victories of the West at the end of both the Second and the Third Ages. However, other sources say they failed in their missions and instead established magical cults in the East which endured even after Sauron's demise.

I love making outfits inspired by non-mainstream characters of the books because their looks are not set in stone. Everyone knows what characters like Legolas or Gandalf look like, because we have all seen them visually interpreted the same basic way in the movies or video games. The Blue Wizards are not given much description, beyond the color of their robes (blue; hence the names). This gives me a bit of freedom to chose the look I want and come up with my own idea of what these Istari looked like.

Enjoy the outfits!

Outfit #1
  • Head: Hood of the White Tree, dyed White (Laila's Market, or dropped by The Ring-Forge of Orthanc.)
  • Shoulders: Shoulders of the Westfold, cannot be dyed (Isengard Pre-Order)
  • Back: Spider-silk cloak, dyed White (drops from Dígelir in Webs of the Scuttledells.)
  • Chest: Ceremonial Lore-Keeper's Robe, dyed Ered Luin Blue (Laila's Market, or Classic Skirmish Vendor)
  • Gloves: Fine Grey Company Gauntlets, dyed Ered Luin Blue (Dunland Quest Reward)
  • Feet: Ceremonial Shoes of the Word-Crafter, dyed Ered Luin Blue (Mannequin Cosmetic)
Outfit #2
  • Head: Traveller's Hood, dyed Evendim Blue (Lotro Store)
  • Shoulders: Padded Mantle of the Dunland Soothsayer, dyed Evendim Blue (Dunland Quest Reward)
  • Back: Dunland Care-Taker's Cloak, dyed Evendim Blue (Dunland Quest Reward)
  • Chest: Jacket of the White Tree, dyed Evendim Blue (Laila's Market)
  • Gloves: Pever-Durnvol, dyed Evendim Blue (Isengard Mob Drop)
  • Leggings: Trousers of the White Tree, dyed Evendim Blue (Laila's Market)
  • Feet: Tursur-Lhopan, dyed Evendim Blue (Isengard Mob Drop or Laila's Market)


  1. Good choice putting the Blue Wizards in blue.
    Teasing, hehe.

    Always well done, Cat. You should have designed Radagast's outfit for the Hobbit movie. :D

    1. Lol, I honestly thought Radagast had the most epic wardrobe - his bird's nest hat was too awesome! After I saw the movie, it became one of my never-going-to-happen Lotro wishes that Turbine will design us a bird's nest hat and a bunny-pulled sled.