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Unfinished Tales - The Istari by XteveAbanto Unfinished Tales - The Istari by XteveAbanto
Throwback Thursday Tolkien style! :D Finally, here's my versions of Gandalf, Saruman, and Radagast in their 'younger/original' Maiar forms as Olorin, Curumo, and Aiwendil. :)

'...Olórin I was in my youth in the West that is forgotten.' - Gandalf the Grey

Manwë summoned the Valar for a council at which it was resolved to send out three emissaries to Middle-Earth and he asked who would go. They would have to loose might and clothe themselves in flesh to win the trust of Elves and Men but this would also imperil them, diminish there wisdom and knowledge and bring upon them fear, the care and weariness of the flesh. Only two came forward; Curumo (Saruman) and Alatar. Curumo was chosen by Aulë among "his" Maiar and Alatar was send by Oromë. Manwë asked where Olórin (Gandalf) was and Olórin just returned from a journey and coming to the meeting asked what he wanted from him and Manwë told that he wished him to go as the third to Middle-Earth. Olórin answered that he meant himself to weak for such a task and that he feared Sauron. Then Manwë said that that was all the more reason why he should go and he commanded him to go as the third. There Varda broke in and said "Not as the third." and Curumo remembered that.

The narrative goes on to tell how Curumo (Saruman) takes Aiwendil (Radagast) at the pleading of Yavanna, and that Pallando is brought by Alatar as a friend (the Blue Wizards). With Olórin (Gandalf) added to the mix, the total of five Istari mentioned in the appendix to the Lord of the Rings is reached.

Five Maiar were ultimately chosen and they each came over the Sea appearing as mortals well into the later years of their existence. They were hearty beings but still subject to the weaknesses of the physical form. They felt hunger and weariness but they did not age. Nor were they vulnerable to sickness or natural deaths, though their physical bodies could be slain. The Istari were forbidden to reveal their true natures and display any supernatural powers so as not to intimidate the peoples of Middle-Earth.
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Ravel22 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Thank you again for sharing  what I think,is 1 of  the best books/series ever!
RobleskaZeppelin Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your versions of the Istari. Gandalf looks amazing :) He's perfect. 
Hedonistbyheart Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Oh this is is magnificent!
I love how Olorin looks like smoke and fog and wind all in one, soft and ethereal, reminiscent of  his status as the Grey Pilgrim and at the same time referencing Manwe too. Curumo (Curunir?) looks refined and beautiful and much more conscious of his appearance, which one might expect from a maia of Aule, as well as he does have an unsettling air that I imagine Mairon might have had too. Aiwendil looks like a young ent which is very fitting and I love how bright he is.
Absolutely incredible work.
CuruwenXayide Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice done but, well Olórin looks like an woman.....if the gray haired one supose too be him ofc... *cough*
whittingtonrhett Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
holy lord man! this is friggin amazing! I can't tell you how many times I have tried to envision this and wondered how to draw it, but you took it, and knocked it out of the dang park! their looks and designs are all recognizeable and look awesome! and the detail of the painting makes it look real. I have a TON of Tolkien art in my Gallery as well, but my stuff all leans towards my comic book art style. but I love seeing fine art like this! I wish I could do stuff like that. I am totally faimilar with this part in Unfinished Tales so perhaps thats why I was so excited to see this done. :)
JackieHJ Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Wonderful rendition, they're so easily recognizable even from their movie interpretations, yet still different.
LimeGreenBunny Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really cool! I love how different their faces are...I especially like the look of Saruman's face. Must be the nose :D
Eternal-Mothra Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
PS: Radagast is very attractive, wow!
Eternal-Mothra Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
This is beyond amazing.
KIA-13-7 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
incredible, just awesome
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