In The Lord of the Rings, we know of the five Istari sent to Middle-earth to help resist Sauron. There was Saruman, the White; Gandalf, the Grey; Radagast, the Brown; and Alatar and Pallando, the Blue.

As per this answer, we know that the Blue wizards seemed to have traveled together to the East, and that their mission seemed to have been unsuccessful.

The question is--why were they both blue? Saruman is white; Gandalf is grey; Radagast is brown. Why were the remaining two the same color?

I'd be curious about answers both in-universe and out.


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Alatar was the original one to be sent, and Pallando came with him as his friend. This close connection is probably the only reason we can find for their choosing the same color.

Tolkien himself in his letters repeatedly described them as not very fleshed out.

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    It would be good to back up your answer with some of these letters of Tolkien. As it stands this answer is a bit light on details and almost looks more like a comment.
    – NathanS
    Aug 21, 2020 at 7:49

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