While in Middle Earth, Gandalf was referred to by as many as 15 different names. Some of these include Mithrandir, The Grey Pilgrim, and Pointy Hat.
Gandalf’s appearance was inspired by a postcard that J. R. R. Tolkien bought in Switzerland.
Gandalf used telepathy, not magic, to free Théoden from Saruman’s mind control.
Of the three Elven rings of power, Gandalf was given Narya, which had the abilities to control fire and light.
It is believed that of the 5 Maiar sent to Middle Earth, Gandalf is the only one who remained true to his mission.
Before Thráin II, the Dwarf king and father of Thorin Oakenshield, died, he gave Gandalf the map and key to the Lonely Mountain.
Gandalf acquired his horse, Shadowfax, from Theodin. Shadowfax is the Lord of Horses and said to be faster than wind! He aided Gandalf on many missions.
Gandalf spent over 2,000 years in Middle Earth before he sailed across the sea back to the Valinor, also called the Undying Lands.
Originally, Galadriel wanted Gandalf to be the head of The White Council, but he refused because he did not want to be restricted by anything except the Valar that sent him.
Gandalf suspected that the Necromancer was Sauron before anyone else did.
Wise as he was, Gandalf did not expect Saruman to join Sauron.
Gandalf’s eyebrows were described as being so long and bushy, that they stuck out from beneath the rim of his hat!
The limits of Gandalf’s magic were never defined by Tolkien. It is clear, however, that he has much more power than he ever demonstrated in Middle Earth.
Gandalf met Thorin Oakenshield on a chance meeting in Bree. It was there that they derived the plan to go to Erebor, but they had different motivations. Gandalf wanted to destroy the dragon Smaug, while Thorin wanted to reclaim the dwarves lost kingdom.
After Gandalf convinced Bilbo to leave The Ring with Frodo, he left and spent the next 17 years doing research and searching for answers on The Ring before returning to Frodo.
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