The Curious Case of Radagast the Brown

A Tolkienist's Perspective

Radagast the Brown

Radagast the Brown is one of those mysteries left to us by Tolkien; but unlike many other unresolved issues, we do get hints of his character here and there. Perhaps, it’s one of the reasons why I find him so alluring and why I’ve avoided writing a “Character Profile” post on his character, since he technically isn’t in The Hobbit.

Nevertheless, Sylvester McCoy’s performance in Peter Jackson’s films have reasserted my interest in this most unique character and here’s hoping I’ll provide all the little information we have about him.

Who was Radagast the Brown?

A member of the Order of wizards, Radagast was a Maia sent to Middle-earth to help aid its inhabitants against the growing threat of Sauron. It is said that he loved animals more thanRadagast anything else. Furthermore, during the Council of Elrond, Gandalf says of him:

“Radagast is, of course, a worthy Wizard, a master…

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