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Istari (sing. Istar) is a Quenya word which translates to "wizards" or "those who know".[1][2]


The word comes from the verb ista- ("to know"), and possibly the agentive ending -ro.[3]

Other forms




  1. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 156, (dated 4 November 1954)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Istari"
  3. Helge Fauskanger, "Quenya Affixes" at Ardalambion (accessed 15 December 2011)
  4. Helge Fauskanger, "English-Quenya Wordlist (Quettaparma Quenyanna)" at Ardalambion (accessed 25 June 2011)