Concerning the wizards, The Silmarilion states:

it was said among the Elves that they were messengers sent by the Lords of the West to contest the power of Sauron

We know from The Return of the King that Gandalf went with the ring-bearers into the West:

‘Yes, I am coming,’ said Frodo. ‘The Ring-bearers should go together.’

‘Where are you going, Master?’ cried Sam, though at last he understood what was happening.

‘To the Havens, Sam,’ said Frodo.

But Radagast and the other two were still in Middle-earth, as far as I know, from The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarilion. Is there something else mentioned elsewhere in the legendarium about what happened with the remaining Istari now that their purpose in Middle-earth was fulfilled?

EDIT: A proposed answer for two of them, but it still leaves out the question of Radagast's fate.

Additional edit: Radagast's fate also has an answer.

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    They exploded, probably.
    – Valorum
    Jul 5, 2023 at 16:55
  • @A.Steer, almost. It seems contradictory, in that the accepted answer has the two in the east either making cults afterward or successfully helped defeat Sauron, and then ???. And it doesn't answer about Radagast. Jul 5, 2023 at 16:59
  • An answer about radergast is here scifi.stackexchange.com/q/67711/153074
    – A.Steer
    Jul 5, 2023 at 17:04
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    @MichaelFoster If there is more than one question this is duplicate of we can link all of them.
    – DavidW
    Jul 7, 2023 at 15:46
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    I lack the reputation; perhaps someone else can add scifi.stackexchange.com/q/67711/153074 as a second duplicate?
    – chepner
    Jul 7, 2023 at 19:57


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