Gandalf is a major character in the "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy and its prequel "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Why Does Gandalf Think Rohan Should “Stand and Fight”?

In the Two Towers film adaptation (it has been about a decade since I read the book, so if there are differences, I'd like to know about them), Gandalf derisively sneers: They flee to the ...
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Why didn't the fellowship know that Gandalf was a maia and therefore immortal?

When he falls on the bridge of Khazad Dum, why didn't the fellowship know he was a maia and immortal and therefore return?
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What was the Balrog thinking when it attacked Gandalf? [duplicate]

Gandalf tells the Balrog who he is to threaten it. So when the Balrog keeps coming, did it think it could still defeat Gandalf, or was the Balrog fighting for its life?
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What was Gandalf's motivation to help the dwarves with their quest? [duplicate]

Gandalf is charged to aid the world in their fight against Sauron, Smaug had been peacefully sleeping for a very long time. Why would he encourage the dwarves to go and risk waking him? Once ...
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Gandalf and the Black Captain [duplicate]

Why does Gandalf, during the siege of Gondor, imply that he cannot defeat the Black Captain because "not by the hand of man will he fall" ? Isn't Gandalf not of mankind and thus not a man? Or does ...
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How did Shadowfax 'appear' when Gandalf summoned him?

Considering the following quote: 'They have not returned,' said Legolas. 'It will be a weary walk!' 'I shall not walk. Time presses,' said Gandalf. Then lifting up his head he gave a long ...
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Did Gandalf have a teacher/mentor?

Did Gandalf have a teacher/mentor? If yes, who was his teacher/mentor? If no, from where did he get his knowledge? How did he became so wise? This question doesn't ask if he had a teacher to learn ...
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Would Gandalf have been promoted to the white if he had not fought the Balrog?

Gandalf was promoted to a White wizard after his body was destroyed in the battle with the Balrog. This was done mainly to replace Saruman as he had joined Sauron (or at least swayed significantly ...
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What did Saruman mean by “Something festers in the heart of middle earth”?

In the extended version of the movie "The Return of the King", Saruman tells Gandalf from above Orthanc: "Something festers in the heart of Middle Earth, something you have not yet seen. But the ...
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Who is the oldest character in LotR trilogy? [closed]

Who is the oldest character in the trilogy, what is his role, race and powers?
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Is there any particular reason why Gandalf got resurrected in the forest, and so did Sauron (Dol Goldur)? [closed]

When Gandalf got resurrected as Gandalf the White, he got resurrected in the forest. Sauron also got resurrected in the forest to take a fortress there, Dol Goldur. Might not be the same forest but.. ...
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Why doesn't Gandolf whip it out in the major battles? [duplicate]

The dragon in LOTR is powerful. Powerful things can exert lots of power The exertion of lots of power is useful for winning wars one wants to win Gandalf fights in wars he wants to win Gandalf is a ...
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Was Gandalf the greatest of the Istari?

I know he is described as the wisest of all Istari/Maiar (the exact word used in that instance escapes me) and I believe, I am however not sure, that he was offered the position of head of the white ...
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Gandalf - open displays of power versus his restrictions as an Istar

Throughout both the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings (and I need to stress that I'm talking about the books, not the movies) we see Gandalf quite liberally tossing magic about. He uses lightning in his ...
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Does Gandalf have very limited powers compared to what we think of wizards today? [closed]

Comparing Gandalf with other wizards spells: fireballs, healing, magic items creation, teleportation, etc. Gandalf seems much more sword oriented than spell oriented. Were the ideas of a wizard not ...
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How did Gandalf plan to kill Smaug?

As we know Gandalf had a far bigger plan than the dwarves when he decided to join their quest of reclaiming Erabor. Smaug, the dragon, was always on his mind, and he feared that Sauron would gain ...
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How does Gandalf the Grey escape from the clutches of Sauron at the end of The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug?

How does Gandalf escape from the cage that imprisoned him at the end of The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug? Is he saved by Radagast? (I’m afraid I have not yet read the book.)
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Who made the decision for Gandalf's promotion from 'grey' to 'white'?

In the first book of the LoTR, after his fight with the Balrog of Moria, Gandalf the Grey changed to Gandalf the White. My question is, who made the decision to 'promote' him from grey to white? Was ...
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Why don't Radagast and Gandalf use their old names when talking to eachother?

Radagast and Gandalf came from Valinor, where they lived in their "free form" known under their old Quenya names of Aiwendil and Olórin. When they came to Middle Earth, they assumed a mortal form and ...
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Why didn't Sauron kill Gandalf

I saw The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug today. I loved it, but there was one thing I didn't entirely understand. I tried to search the internet for an answer, but I didn't find one. I know an ...
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What are the Istaris' staff made of?

Are the staff the Istari wield made of anything unique or are they made from normal wood and given magical properties by their user?
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Why does Gandalf say he is Saruman when he comes back as 'Gandalf The White'?

I've tried looking up why Gandalf claims to be Saruman but I keep finding things saying 'Gandalf is trying to show that he is as Saruman should have been - how he shouldn't be corrupt' is this ...
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Why did the fellowship not choose to pass the misty mountains further north or south?

At the Council of Elrond, it is known that: Saruman is a traitor, thus it’s not possible for the Ring to pass through the fords of Isen Nobody has heard any news of Balin and Moria for a long time; ...
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Why does Cirdan give Narya to Gandalf instead of Saruman?

In the Lord of the Rings I recall some mention of when Cirdan gives Narya to Gandalf when the Istari arrive in Middle Earth. I think it is in the appendices but I cannot recall exactly, but I remember ...
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Did Gandalf wear his Ring of Power throughout the trilogy?

After Gandalf discovered that Sauron was back and sent Frodo on his quest to Rivendell, did he continue to wear Narya(of the Three Rings)? It seems like a huge risk to continue to wear it after the ...
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Was Gandalf ignorant of the effects of Frodo having the ring for 17 years?

In an answer of mine for the question 'Who are all the characters to have touched The One Ring?', someone astutely asked 'how come?' Was Gandalf aware of the Rings' effects on a holder before ...
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Did Gandalf know that the One Ring still existed during the events of the Hobbit? [duplicate]

In the Hobbit, when Bilbo finds his magical ring, Gandalf only warns him that some magical rings are not save because he has no idea that Bilbo's magical ring is actually the One. Does Gandalf at ...
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Is Gandalf an elf?

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, when Gandalf is walking alongside the Elven king Thranduil, I noticed some similarities between the two, like their height and their hair. Gandalf seems too ...
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Why Gandalf said nothing when he saw Bilbo's ring

I don't know how it is the story in the book (I would like to know), but in the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Thorin asks Bilbo why he came back, and Gandalf tries to evade the question ...
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Why did Gandalf chase the Balrog down?

From the Fellowship of the Ring: From LotrWikia: Neither he nor the Balrog was killed by the fall, and Gandalf pursued the creature for eight days until they climbed to the peak of Zirakzigil. ...
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What are Gandalf's powers?

Gandalf is a wizard. He is also the Tolkien equivalent of a mortal angel (if I understand what the Maiar are correctly.) What are his powers though? Specifically what magics does he use in The Hobbit ...
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In 'The Hobbit: AUJ', why is Gandalf submissive in Saruman's presence?

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie, Gandalf appears particularly subdued/submissive in Saruman's presence during their meeting at Rivendell. Why is this so? Is it simply because Saruman is of ...
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How were Gandalf, Elrond and Galadriel able to comunicate telepathically?

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), when the company arrives in Rivendell, Gandalf is asked to attend a surprise reunion with Elrond, Galadriel and Saruman the White. While Saruman opposes ...
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How did Sauron not know about the ring?

It says in the fellowship of the ring that Sauron learned that the One Ring was still in existence, partially from Gollum. Gandalf says during his explanation to Frodo that "he believed the one had ...
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Who are the rest of members at Elrond's Council?

In Peter Jackson's film The Fellowship of the Ring, when the Council of Elrond takes place it shows a total of 22 members: We all know the names of the ones who were part of the Fellowship, but I ...
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Why does Gandalf seek counsel from Saruman about the One Ring after leaving Frodo in the Shire?

We know that Saruman bore ill-will toward Gandalf for millennia before the events of The Lord of the Rings. It began with their arrival in Middle Earth when Cirdan gives Narya to Gandalf, or at least ...
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Why does Theoden call Gandalf “Stormcrow”?

In the movie "The Two Towers", Theoden calls Gandalf "Gandalf Stormcrow". Where does that name come from?
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What does Gandalf mean by “Secret Fire”, “Flame of Anor” and “Flame of Udun”?

In Moria, when Gandalf confronts the Balrog on the bridge of Khazad-dum, Gandalf says the following: I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The dark ...
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To what “power” in the Shire does Gandalf refer to in the Fellowship?

"Indeed there is a power in Rivendell to withstand the might of Mordor, for a while: and elsewhere other powers still dwell. There is power, too, of another kind in the Shire. But all such ...
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What does Gandalf say To Galadriel in the Hobbit trailer?

In the Hobbit trailer Galadriel asks Gandalf: And he responds: What does he say to her? Its very hard to understand the last few words of his sentence
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Where does Gandalf Live?

Does Gandalf have his own home or does he just live where he goes? Is there a place that he prefers to live and calls home most of all?
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Why did Saruman not kill Gandalf?

Gandalf travels to Orthanc to take advice from Saruman, at which point Saruman reveals himself as a traitor. Why does he then simply imprison Gandalf on top of Orthanc instead of killing him? Clearly ...
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Was Frodo able to see that Gandalf wore Narya and Elrond wore Vilya?

Frodo sees Nenya on Galadriel's finger after looking into the Mirror of Galadriel, and yet Sam is unable to see it. Galadriel also says the following: It is not permitted to speak of it, and ...
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How does Galadriel know that Gandalf 'survives' his encounter with the Balrog?

In The Two Towers, when Gandalf meets Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli for the first time since the Balrog encounter, he briefly gives some details of the encounter which to me are (perhaps intentionally) ...
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What did Gandalf actually try as passwords to Moria gates?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, when the party is at the gates of Moria, Gandalf tries to open the doors by speaking bespoke paswords. The password is actually "Mellon " but he tries various other ...
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How does a Wizard change his colour?

During the LOTR we see Gandalf change from 'Gandalf the Grey' to 'Gandalf the White' and we see 'Saruman the White' change to 'Saruman the Many-coloured'. What does this mean and how and why does it ...
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Can Gandalf actually appear out of nowhere like in 'The Hobbit'

In the 1977, animated version of 'The Hobbit' we see Gandalf appear out of nowhere in front of Bag End and again as they travel to Rivendell. Can Gandalf really appear out of nowhere in Tolkiens ...
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The Hobbit: Why did Gandalf insist that Bilbo go with the dwarves?

I wonder if Tolkien ever explained why Gandalf insisted that Bilbo should go with the dwarves on their journey to reclaim Erebor. Gandalf didn't know about the One Ring and Gollum at that time. Did ...
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Is Gandalf the Gray's power actually limited or did he merely promise to not use it?

We know that Maiar sent to Arda as Istari are not using their full Maiar power. Gandalf the Gray is more than a human power wise, but not nearly equal to his full real power. Is it known (from canon) ...
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How much of Gandalf's power is tied to his staff?

Before Gandalf freed Théoden form Saruman/Gríma's hold, he refused to give away his staff. Háma: I cannot allow you before Théoden King so armed, Gandalf Greyhame... by order of Gríma Wormtongue. ...