Ingólemo Luinë

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Founding date
ca. S.A. 1600
Goal
To contest the power of Sauron
Main area of operations
Endórë
Kinship type
Man
Friends/Allies
The Free Peoples of Middle-earth
Rivals/Enemies
Kinship status
Disbanded
Recruiting Officer(s)
{See note below regarding status}

Background

"Among Men they were supposed (...) to be Men who had acquired lore and arts by long and secret study; great wisdom they had, and many powers of mind and hand. Long they journeyed far and wide among Elves and Men, and held converse also with beasts and with birds...."

 

Ingólemo Luinë

Ingólemo Q. ingólë + -mo n. a sage, "one with very great knowledge, a 'wizard' "
ingolë Q. n. “lore, science, philosophy; deep lore, magic”
luinë Q. adj. “blue”

- Parf Edhellen

Alatúlie!

Nát alatulya sísse.

Ingólemo Luinë is, alas, not a regular kinship seeking to bring members together for a common purpose, or initiating social role-playing activities. Rather it is a description of he who bears its name in-game, for it is my Quenya translation (with the kind aid of Elechir) of the Sindarin 'Ithron Luin'.

Regarding my thoughts on playing such a character, and the standing of the Ithryn Luin in the lore/canon of Tolkien's Legendarium, please read my essay Concerning Wizards.

(A side note: the kinship status is listed here as "dormant", for the Ithryn Luin are, in these latter days of the Third Age, no longer an active anti-Sauron team in Middle-earth; and its type as "Man", for although the Istari were not naturally of the races of the Mirröanwi, "in the likeness of Men they appeared.")

Ithryn Luin

"I really do not know anything clearly about the other two [wizards] – since they do not concern the history of the N[orth].W[est]. I think they went as emissaries to distant regions, East and South, far out of Númenórean range: missionaries to 'enemy-occupied' lands, as it were. What success they had I do not know; but I fear that they failed, as Saruman did, though doubtless in different ways..."
    - J.R.R. Tolkien: The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 211, (dated 14 October 1958)

The Ithryn Luin were, like the other Istari who came after them to Middle-earth almost three millennia afterwards, Valinórean Maia clothed in the hröar of old Men (unlike the fanar worn by the Ainur when they wished to assume physical form) so as to treat with Elves and Men as equals and win their trust; although this would imperil them, "dimming their wisdom and knowledge, and confusing them with fears, cares, and weariness coming from the flesh." For none of the Heren Istarion were infallible, and “being clad in bodies of Middle-earth, might even as Men and Elves fall away from their purposes, and do evil, forgetting the good in the search for power to effect it.” Indeed, the Valar forbade them to “reveal themselves in forms of majesty, or to seek to rule the wills of Men or Elves”; they were only to “advise and persuade” them to good.*

"... the peoples of Middle-earth gave to them many names, for their true names they did not reveal."
- The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age

Alatar was chosen by the Vala, Oromë Aldaron, who had the greatest knowledge of the furthest regions of Middle-earth; and he selected his friend, Pallando, to accompany him. In Middle-earth they were called Morinehtar and Rómestámo respectively.

"Their task was to circumvent Sauron: to bring help to the few tribes of Men that had rebelled from Melkor-worship, to stir up rebellion ... and after his first fall to search out his hiding (in which they failed) and to cause [dissension and disarray] among the dark East ... They must have had very great influence on the history of the Second Age and Third Age in weakening and disarraying the forces of East ... who would both in the Second Age and Third Age otherwise have ... outnumbered the West."
- The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Last Writings" (c.1972)

And so it came to pass that in the Year of Dread in the Second Age, when Sauron forged the One Ring and completed the building of Barad-dûr, the Ithryn Luin set forth from the Undying Lands with the re-embodied Glorfindel, and traversed the Sundering Seas to Mithlond on the shores of Eriador. Their coming was secret, and they were known to none in Middle-earth besides Círdan the Shipwright, Lord of the Falathrim, who knew of what kind they were and whence they came. Together they journeyed deep into the East...

"... but they never returned, and whether they remained in the East, pursuing there the purposes for which they were sent; or perished; or as some hold were ensnared by Sauron and became his servants, is not now known."
- Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth, "The Istari"

Alas, they do not come into the tales of the West and their doom is unknown, save that of the five Istari that came from Aman, the Blessed Realm, only Mithrandir returned.

Wilt thou learn the lore || that was long secret
of the Five that came || from a far country?
One only returned. || Others never again

-  Unfinished Tales, "The Istari"

However, in my tale, I deem that the two Ithryn Luin were indeed ensnared by the Dark Lord (or his fell lieutenant, Khamûl, the Black Easterling) whilst seeking his secret refuge in the East sometime during the centuries of the Watchful Peace, and they were imprisoned as thralls within the nethermost vault of an unnamed stronghold in Rhûn. Pallando was grievously slain in retribution for Alatar's refusal to swear allegiance to Sauron, and by torment and sorcery his mind was broken, and his wisdom and all memory of his origin and purpose was ruined. Ultimately, Alatar escaped (or was set loose) and he fled westwards into the elven realm of Dorwinion that lies upon the banks of the Celduin near the shore of the Sea of Rhûn. There he was taken in by the Elves despite the initial misgivings of Iavasdir, lord of that land, and his Lambengolmo, Ioriston; and so his tale continues...

"For with the consent of Eru [the Valar] sent members of their own high order [the Ainur], but clad in bodies of as of Men, real and not feigned, but subject to the fears and pains and weariness of earth, able to hunger and thirst and be slain; though because of their noble spirits they did not die, and aged only by the cares and labours of many long years.
"...their emissaries were forbidden to reveal themselves in forms of majesty, or to seek to rule the wills of Men and Elves by open display of power, but coming in shapes weak and humble were bidden to advise and persuade Men and Elves to good, and to seek to unite in love and understanding all those whom Sauron, should he come again, would endeavour to dominate and corrupt."

- Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth, "The Istari"

Hantanyet tulien.

Namárie!


* All quotes in this paragraph are from Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth, "The Istari"

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