How well do you know Gandalf?
Gandalf isn't the only Maiar we're familiar with, either: Saruman, . beings that Gandalf belongs to, have a close relationship to light and heat. Gandalf was called what in the two towers by Theoden (Saruman) Rings / LotR ; Love and relationship quizzes - Lord of the Rings LotR lover. The relationship between Gandalf and Saruman in J. R. R. Tolkien's famous trilogy The Lord of the Rings is not only a depiction of good versus evil, but a.
There is absolutely no reason at all for the lover of Tolkien's work to also know the Bible, however, one could make a case that "the elves" are rather like the progeny of the angels of the Bible having been cross bred with mankind.
In the Bible, of course, it was demonic angels that bred with mankind - so there are always twists in such comparisons. Let us return our focus now to the subject at hand, the two white wizards of the Tolkien legendarium. The first film for The Hobbit will be released then, and the viewers will all be soon introduced to Gandalf The Grey, a bumbling old fellow that always seems to know a hell of a lot more than he is willing to say. In The Hobbit, Gandalf seems near omniscient at times, as he orchestrates events he is certain will turn out right.
He is here, and he is there. He appears, and then he is gone, and nobody much ever realizes just when he slipped away. There is, in The Hobbit, mention of a mysterious and evil being known only as "the necromancer," and this, of course, turns out in the end to be Sauron, who manifests himself in The Lord Of The Rings as a great eye of fire. The five wizards were entirely sent to Middle Earth for a single solitary purpose, and that was to help the beings of Middle Earth contend with this Sauron, who can for all intents and practical purposes be thought of as something like the Biblical Satan.
Of the five wizards, only Gandalf really sticks to his mission.
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While it is likely that all five were very much afraid of the much more powerful Sauron, only Gandalf, who was initially thought to be the second most powerful of the wizards, faces his fears, and overcomes them. Concerning Gandalf, the official description from the legendarium is as follows: Warm and eager was his spirit and it was enhanced by the ring Naryafor he was the Enemy of Sauronopposing the fire that devours and wastes with the fire that kindles, and succours in wanhope and distress; but his joy, and his swift wrath, were veiled in garments grey as ash, so that only those that knew him well glimpsed the flame that was within.
For they deemed him though in error to be of Elven-kind, since he would at times work wonders among them, loving especially the beauty of fire; and yet such marvels he wrought mostly for mirth and delight, and desired not that any should hold him in awe or take his counsels out of fear. Gandalf, was humble, and so he was elevated over the pride filled, jealous, and power hungry Saruman.
While Gandalf was well known to all races or species of "people's" on Middle Earth, he was also very in touch with the natural world, the flora and fauna were things he respected greatly, and this, perhaps, was why he was so forever interested in the creatures that seemed the very least of significance, hobbits. Hobbits, having had no real significance in the events of Middle Earth at all before Gandalf saw something in them; were known for simple pleasures, eating, drinking, singing and dancing, and growing things.
They had no kind of government, needed none, and were rather keen on staying out of everything, and enjoying their lives.
The perfect sort of values that lead one to doing the most noble of deeds, but the proud and the self deemed wise never see such things. The truly wise, of course, do. Without getting too thick into the details and the differences between the novels by Tolkien and the adaptation for film by Peter Jackson, suffice it to say that Gandalf sacrificed himself for his friends, and for the entire world - not for any surety of their success, but merely to provide a chance that they might succeed.
He faced a demonic thing that was easily his equal, and he overcame it, transcending himself to become Gandalf The White. Literally, his entire presence in Tolkien's novels mirror's that of the character Sauron, who Saruman and the other wizards were sent to Middle Earth to combat, not admire. Saruman's very name meant man of skill, and he excelled at technological things, chemistry and metalwork. Saruman is so intelligent and powerful that he is widely regarded by all as the White Wizard, one of the wisest and most powerful entities of all within Middle Earth, but whether or not he was ever that is something left up to the reader to decide.
Gandalf had saw him as a superior mind, and wiser than himself, and as Gandalf humbled himself, he wound up being elevated above Saruman. While all of Tolkien's wizards are of the same order of spiritual beings, Saruman, the pride filled industrialist, thinks the rest of them are stupid. Radagast The Brown, who Gandalf says is his cousin, Saruman hated from the start. Radagast, of course, was the wizard that dedicated himself to flora and fauna, which are obviously the polar opposites of the mind the creature Treebeard described as "of wheels and metal," Saruman.
So far as the rings of power are concerned, Saruman was intensely jealous of Gandalf, as he knows that Gandalf was given one of the three rings of power designed by and for the elves. Rather than seek to do what he was sent to do, and use his vast knowledge and wisdom towards the purpose he'd once had, Saruman fell prey to jealousy, pride, and fear.
He was too proud of his own skill to find any value in nature, or seemingly weak creatures like hobbits, and he was too jealous of Gandalf's ring of power to think straight.
Yet it is said that in the ending of the task for which he came he suffered greatly, and was slain, and being sent back from death for a brief while was clothed then in white, and became a radiant flame yet veiled still save in great need. However he does not attain any prominence until the Valar settle in Valinor. He was also closely associated with two other Valar: Irmoin whose gardens he lived, and Niennathe patron of mercy, who gave him tutelage.
Along with the other Maiar who entered into the world as the five Wizards, he took on the specific form of an aged old man as a sign of his humility. The role of the wizards was to advise and counsel but never to attempt to match Sauron's strength with his own, and hopefully the kings and lords of Middle-earth would be more receptive to the advice of a humble old man than a more glorious form giving them direct commands.
Middle-earth[ edit ] The Istari arrived in Middle-earth separately, around T. Sarumanthe chief Wizard, later learned of the gift and resented it. Gandalf's relationship with Saruman, the head of their Order, was strained. The Wizards were commanded to aid MenElvesand Dwarvesbut only through counsel; it was forbidden to use force to dominate them — an injunction that Saruman increasingly disregarded. He went to Dol Guldur in T. The Necromancer returned to Dol Guldur with greater force in T.
Galadriel had hoped Gandalf would lead the Council, but Gandalf refused, declining to be bound by any but the Valar who sent him. Saruman was chosen instead, as being most knowledgeable about Sauron's work in the Second Age. Gandalf returned to Dol Guldur in T.
Saruman, however, reassured the Council that Sauron's evident effort to find the One Ring a necessary component of his resurgence would fail, as the Ring would long since have been carried by the river Anduin to the Sea; and the matter was allowed to rest. But at this time, Saruman himself began actively seeking the Ring near the Gladden Fields where Isildur had been killed, not far from Dol Guldur. Gandalf had for some time foreseen the coming war with Sauronand knew that the North was especially vulnerable.
If Rivendell were to be attacked, the dragon Smaug could cause great devastation.
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He persuaded Thorin that he could help him regain his lost territory of Erebor from Smaug, and so the quest was born. To the quest, Gandalf contributed the map and key to Erebor. It was on this Quest of Erebor that Gandalf found his sword, Glamdringin a troll's treasure hoard. After escaping from the Misty Mountains pursued by goblins and wargsthe party was carried to safety by the Great Eagles. Gandalf then persuaded Beorn —who did not like uninvited guests or dwarves—to house and provision the company for the trip through Mirkwood.
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Gandalf left the company before they entered Mirkwood, saying that he had pressing business to attend to. He turned up again, however, before the walls of Erebor disguised as an old man, revealing himself when it seemed the Men of Esgaroth and the Mirkwood Elves would fight Thorin and the dwarves over Smaug's treasure.
The Battle of the Five Armies ensued when hosts of goblins and wargs attacked all three parties. After the battle, Gandalf accompanied Bilbo back to the Shirerevealing at Rivendell what his pressing business had been: Gandalf had once again urged the Council to evict Sauron, since quite evidently Sauron did not require the One Ring to continue to attract evil to Mirkwood.
Sauron, however, had anticipated this and withdrew as a feint, only to reappear in Mordor. Prelude to the War of the Ring[ edit ] As explained in The Fellowship of the RingGandalf spent the years between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings travelling Middle-earth in search of information on Sauron 's resurgence and Bilbo's mysterious ringspurred particularly by Bilbo's initial misleading story of how he had obtained it as a "present" from Gollum.
During this period he befriended Aragorn and first became suspicious of Saruman.
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He spent as much time as he could in the Shirestrengthening his friendship with Bilbo and FrodoBilbo's orphaned cousin and adopted heir.
He returned to the Shire for Bilbo's "eleventy-first" th birthday party in T. After Bilbo, as a prank on his guests, put on the Ring and disappeared, Gandalf strongly encouraged his old friend to leave the Ring to Frodo, as they had planned. Bilbo became hostile and accused Gandalf of trying to steal the Ring—which he called "my precious", much as Gollum had done. Gandalf later discovered that Isildurwho earlier possessed the ring and was destroyed by it, had written "it is precious to me".
Coming to his senses, Bilbo admitted that the Ring had been troubling him, and leaving it behind for Frodo, he departed for Rivendell. Though Bilbo would never be entirely free of the desire for the Ring, he was the first of its bearers to give it up willingly.
Over the next 17 years, Gandalf travelled extensively, searching for answers on the Ring. He found some answers in Isildur's scrollin the archives of Minas Tirith. But he also wanted to interview Gollum, who had borne the Ring for many years. Gandalf searched long and widely for Gollum, and often had the assistance of Aragorn. Aragorn eventually succeeded, and Gandalf questioned Gollum, threatening him with fire when he proved unwilling to speak. This reinforced Gandalf's growing suspicion that Bilbo's ring was the One Ring.
He told Frodo the full history of the Ring, and urged him to take the Ring to Rivendell ; for he would be in grave danger if he stayed in the Shire. Gandalf said he would attempt to return for Frodo's 50th birthday party, in order to accompany him on the road thereafter; and that meanwhile Frodo should arrange to leave quietly, as the servants of Sauron would be searching for him.
Gandalf left a letter to Frodo urging his immediate departure with Barliman Butterbur at the inn in Breeand headed towards Isengard. There Saruman revealed his true colours, urging Gandalf to help him obtain the Ring for his own use. Gandalf refused, and Saruman imprisoned him at the top of the tower of Orthanc. Eventually Gandalf was rescued by Gwaihir the Eagle.
It was then that Gandalf met the great horse Shadowfaxone of the mearaswho would be his mount and companion for most of the rest of the war. Gandalf pursued the horse for two days  before Shadowfax permitted Gandalf to ride him.
Gandalf then rode hard for the Shire, but did not reach it until Frodo had already set out. Knowing that Frodo and his companions would be heading for Rivendell, Gandalf began to make his own way there.
He learned at Bree that the Hobbits had fallen in with Aragorn. Frodo, Aragorn and company faced the remaining five on Weathertop a few nights later. Gandalf reached Rivendell just before Frodo's arrival. He also revealed that Saruman had betrayed them and was in league with Sauron. When it was decided that the Ring had to be destroyed, Gandalf volunteered to accompany Frodo—now the Ring-bearer—in his quest.
The Balrog reached the bridge. Gandalf stood in the middle of the span, leaning on the staff in his left hand, but in his other hand Glamdring gleamed, cold and white. His enemy halted again, facing him, and the shadow about it reached out like two vast wings.
It raised the whip, and the thongs whined and cracked. Fire came from its nostrils. But Gandalf stood firm.