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Is a certain Istrai going to die or not?

Hamfast Gamgee
Grey Havens

Feb 22 2013, 12:38am

Post #1 of 22 (1021 views)
Is a certain Istrai going to die or not? Can't Post

Meaning Radagast. Well is hero isn't he? Must confess, I don't know. He isn't about in the Lotr films and only briefly in the books. Looking at the film, he doesn't look like the type to survive a set to with the Necromancer, but one never knows. Still, what does anyone else think?

Grey Havens

Feb 22 2013, 1:08am

Post #2 of 22 (590 views)
I think he will die, [In reply to] Can't Post

but a really heroic death and not just a silly one where he didn't do anything Smile

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Feb 22 2013, 1:17am

Post #3 of 22 (586 views)
He can [In reply to] Can't Post

jump in front of an arrow and save SebastianWink


Feb 22 2013, 1:20am

Post #4 of 22 (555 views)
I do think so [In reply to] Can't Post

I have no guess as to when or where, but his death could motivate Gandalf to avenge him later on. Assuming anyone but the Necromancer himself does so.


Feb 22 2013, 1:55am

Post #5 of 22 (595 views)
Saruman dies in Episode 6. [In reply to] Can't Post

As for Radagast? I remember reading something about a sledding accident, bunnies rushed him over a cliff I think. But then, given the falls the dwarves and Bilbo have survived (and come to think of it, Aragorn and Sam in LOTR) that's probably not true.

So I'm guessing he will die from Psittacosis, which is "an infection caused by Chlamydophila psittaci, a type of bacteria found in the droppings of birds. Birds spread the infection to humans." (Read more) Yeah, that sounds about right.

(This post was edited by SirDennisC on Feb 22 2013, 1:56am)

Ziggy Stardust

Feb 22 2013, 2:05am

Post #6 of 22 (563 views)
Personally [In reply to] Can't Post

I don't want Radagast to die. I know he doesn't appear in the film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings, but he does appear briefly in the book. I think he should just play his part, and then we just assume he went off on his own during the War of the Ring. I mean, Thranduil is still alive during the War of the Ring, yet we don't see him at all. Why not be the same with Radagast, I figure.


Feb 22 2013, 4:29am

Post #7 of 22 (510 views)
Noooooooo! [In reply to] Can't Post

Radagast cannot die! Nooooooooo!

Why do people think he is going to die? >_<

Kangi Ska

Feb 22 2013, 4:55am

Post #8 of 22 (492 views)
If he does [In reply to] Can't Post

it will be because a bunch of you wants it to happen.

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Feb 22 2013, 8:29am

Post #9 of 22 (458 views)
Off with his head! [In reply to] Can't Post

I say go for it. I don't want a cheesy death though (no falling on to a spike from some great height). If it's not sensible, then I don't want it. But then again, Radagast just walking away would also be pretty dramatic.


Feb 22 2013, 10:09am

Post #10 of 22 (432 views)
NO! [In reply to] Can't Post

How many of my faves has to die in these series?
I have no luck with favorite characters Crazy


Feb 22 2013, 11:04am

Post #11 of 22 (419 views)
Right... [In reply to] Can't Post

Yeah cause PJ always plans his plotlines based on what the fans want! Tongue

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it will be because a bunch of you wants it to happen.

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Feb 22 2013, 12:06pm

Post #12 of 22 (411 views)
him walking away [In reply to] Can't Post

would be even more dramatic. If he says that he doesn't feel save anymore or that he thinks that he is not strong enough to conquer this kind of evil again.

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Feb 22 2013, 3:13pm

Post #13 of 22 (389 views)
and before leaving.... [In reply to] Can't Post

give his staff to Gandalf saying he would need it more than he does.


Feb 22 2013, 4:54pm

Post #14 of 22 (361 views)
... [In reply to] Can't Post

I'd always start with a presumption that we'll get the book answer, i.e. that he survives.

Both the quantity and quality of reasons to suppose that he won't are fairly weak IMO.

I do sometimes wonder what Radagast was doing at the time of [say] Pellenor.

Only months earlier he was seemingly dedicated enough to the cause to be worried about Sauron & help out by delivering messages and so on.

Odd then that [according to Tolkien] he preferre to spend his time having a tea party with Sebastian the hedgehog [or whatever] than get involved in the battles that defined & indeed ended an entire Age.


Feb 22 2013, 4:58pm

Post #15 of 22 (368 views)
War in the East [In reply to] Can't Post

We do not know much about the war in the east. Just that there was battle in Dale and Dain and Brand die before the gates of Erebor. But since Radagst lived in that area it is likely that he participated on that front which is why we would not see him on the western front. Just a thought.


Feb 22 2013, 8:34pm

Post #16 of 22 (338 views)
That would be excellent! [In reply to] Can't Post


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Feb 23 2013, 3:30am

Post #17 of 22 (312 views)
Rabbit of Caerbannog [In reply to] Can't Post

Nasty, big, pointy teeth.

Who we discover was in league with the Necromancer.

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The Shire

Feb 24 2013, 3:35am

Post #18 of 22 (248 views)
Rabbit of Caerbannog [In reply to] Can't Post

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Feb 24 2013, 9:22am

Post #19 of 22 (223 views)
That's what I've always thought about, [In reply to] Can't Post

that Radagast would be doing his part to help drive away the evil either at Dale & Erebor, or with the attacks on Lothlorien. Even if he doesn't engage in combat, I'm sure his relationship with nature/animals would come in handy in resisting the evil that was surrounding everyone.


Feb 25 2013, 5:30pm

Post #20 of 22 (197 views)
"The Moth" [In reply to] Can't Post

I was under the impression that the "moth" in LotR had Radagast behind it somehow. This could contribute to the idea that he survives.


Feb 25 2013, 5:54pm

Post #21 of 22 (185 views)
Unless Radagast is the moth. [In reply to] Can't Post

He is a shapeshifter, after all!


Feb 25 2013, 6:00pm

Post #22 of 22 (218 views)
Exactly! [In reply to] Can't Post

Explains why he ditched the staff! :)


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