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Gandalf - Lord of the Rings

Gandalf from Lord of the Rings played by Ian McKellan.

Gandalf is a fictional male Human wizard/Maiar in the Lord of the Rings film series who was played on screen by Ian McKellan. Gandalf the Wise, Gandalf the Grey, Gandalf the White, all names of one wizard in the Middle Earth Saga. Gandalf is one three powerful wizards mentioned in the Middle Earth saga, the others are Saruman the Wise and Radagast the Brown. It is Gandalf that sets the Hobbits on their quest whether it be in the Hobbit or the sequel Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit was the first of the two major Hobbit pieces. He is loved by all the hobbits in the Shire and is a keep showman, expert in the ways of fireworks.

Gandalf isn't a wizard in the traditional sense of the word in the way that some wizards will turn people into goats or sheep for example. He uses not much in the way of magic, instead, he fights with a cane or a sword like other people.

The Hobbit

Gandalf recruits Bilbo Baggins to undertake a perilous journey with a group of Dwarfs led by Thorin Oakenshield as they set out to reclaim Erebor, the Lonely Mountain from Smaug the Dragon. The Dwarves needed a thief and Gandalf volunteered poor Bilbo for the task. Thorin was sceptical at first but he was finally won over by the Hobbit and allowed to join the group. During the jouney, Gandalf goes off on his own to investigate mutterings of the evil with the help of Radagast.

Gandalf meets Thorin Oakenshield in the Prancing Pony Inn in Bree at the beginning of Hobbit - Desolation of Smaug where he persuades Thorin that he should concentrate on getting control of Erebor. Thorin retorts that he needs the Arkenstone to claim legitimacy amongst the many Dwarven clans but which the stone is currently in Erebor under a fire breathing dragon. Only a thief could get it for them. Gandalf tells Thorin he will get him the thief.

Gandalf is a character who never arrives late or early for anything. He arrives precisely when he means to.

Gandalf was the last person in possession of the ring Narya, the Elven ring of fire.

Lord of the Rings

When Gandalf realises what the ring that Bilbo has, he tasks Bilbo's nephew Frodo Baggins with the tasks of tasking the ring to Doom Mountain in Mordor to the south and throw into the lava below. When Frodo learns that Samwise Gamgee has been listening in on the conversation, he gets Sam to help. Gandalf doesn't always stay with The Fellowship of the Ring once its been formed. When they reach the end of the Mines of Moria, the Dwarf underground city, it looks as though the Demon Balrog has had the last laugh when Gandalf has seemingly killed it. As the Balrog falls to his death, he grabs Gandalf and pulls him to his death too.

Gandalf isn't dead, he visits his mentor, Saruman who it turns out is in league with Lord Sauron. Saruman imprisons Gandalf but Gandalfs manages to come back alive as a white wizard, no longer the grey dwarf of before. He helps what is left of the Fellowship in their fights against the marauding Orc army.

Beyond Middle Earth

Gandalf more than any character is the inspiration for many internet nicknames with Frodo coming a close second. In the friends episode 'The One Where They're Going to Party, Chandler and Ross talk enthusiastically of their friend called Gandalf who is coming to town and raucous adventures that they will have such as drinking loads and waking up in strange places.

Gandalf Facts

Alien RaceHuman
AllegianceThe Fellowship of the Ring
ActorIan McKellan
Last UpdatedSaturday, February 2, 2019

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