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  •  In Letters I believe Tolkien opines the Blue (6+ / 0-)

    Wizards went as a sort of missionaries to the east but eventually became dark wizards and the origin of cults (I suppose their fate was not unlike Saruman's).

    "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere ". C. S. Lewis

    by TofG on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 05:29:39 AM PST

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    •  I think in "Unfinished Tales" (6+ / 0-)

      Tolkien also pretty much states that Gandalf was the only one of the Five to stay true to the mission they were sent on.  He implies that even Radagast failed, first by becoming too distracted by his birds and beasts and later by being influenced by Saruman.  (At least, that's how I understood it.)    

      Metaphors be with you.

      by koosah on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 08:51:25 AM PST

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      •  Radagast set up Gandalf's rescue from Saruman (2+ / 0-)
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        in LOTR precisely because he wasn't influenced particularly by Saruman.  He passed on Saruman's message innocently and equally faithfully did as Gandalf asked.

        He was very involved with animals. I was never sure whether that was his task in some way.

        Perhaps he was doing the equivalent of an Ent growing tree-ish. At least that is one possibility.

        Help us to save free conscience from the paw Of hireling wolves whose gospel is their maw. ~John Donne

        by ohiolibrarian on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 06:50:22 PM PST

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