Istari.... The Wizards.
The wizards, also called #Istari , were originally spirits of the order of the #Maiar , the followers of the #Valar . These were sent by the Valar to help and assist the peoples of Middle-earth against #Sauron as he gathered his forces during the Third Age.
The five known Istari were Curumo, a Maia of Aulë, Olórin, a Maia of Manwë and Varda, Aiwendil, a Maia of Yavanna, and
Altar and pallando both Maiar of Oromë.
#Alatar and #Pallando , also known as Ithryn Luin, the #BlueWizards ," went into the East and do not come into the main tales of Middle-earth. In the northwest of Middle-earth #Curumo became known as #Saruman to Men and #Curunír to Elves,
#Olórin was known as #Gandalf to Men and #Mithrandir to Elves,
while #Aiwendil became known as #Radagast .
"The time of the Elves is over.
My people are leaving these shores.
Who will you look to when we've gone?
The Dwarves? They hide in their mountains
seeking riches; they care nothing
for the troubles of others." — Elrond, Lord of Rivendell