Who is Gandalf and what is the story behind his name?


Gandalf is a protagonist in J. R. R. Tolkien’s novels The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and is a wizard and one of the Istari orders and mentors and leaders of the ring’s Fellowship. From the Old Norse catalog of Dwarves in the Völuspá, Tolkien took the name Gandalf. To complete his mission he is sent back to Middle-earth.

Features of Gandalf  –

  • He has great power as a wizard and the bearer of a Ring of Power but works mostly by persuading and encouraging.
  • He sets out as Gandalf the Grey, traveling continually, possessing excellent knowledge, and always focused on the mission to counter the Dark Lord Sauron.
  • He looks more aged, grey-haired, and grey-clad.
  • He is associated with fire.
  • His ring being Narya.
  • To entertain the hobbits of the Shire, he both delights in fireworks.
  • In great need, uses fire as a weapon.
  • He is an immortal spirit as one of the Maiar.
  • On middle earth, he is a physical body that can be killed in battle.

More details about Gandalf –

  • Warm and eager was his spirit.
  • He is Sauron’s enemy.
  • He opposes the fire that devours and wastes with the fire that and succors kindles in  distress and wanhope
  • His swift wrath was veiled in garments grey as ash.
  • Leaning on staff, he journeyed tirelessly on foot.

Concept and creation Gandalf –

  • Tolkien owned a postcard entitled Der Berggeist, which he labeled the origin of Gandalf. A white-bearded man with a hat among boulders and in a large cloak seated in a mountain forest is shown. In 1911, during his holiday in Switzerland, he bought the postcard.
  • In the early 1930s, while writing The Hobbit, Tolkien gave the name Gandalf. The name is taken from The Hobbit: the catalog of Dwarves in the Völuspá.
  • In the conception of The Lord of the Rings, Gandalf’s role and importance were significantly increased.












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