Gandalf is a major character in the Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit novels by J.R.R. Tolkien (and their film adaptations).

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Why does Gandalf the White not remember his original name?

'Gandalf,' the old man repeated, as if recalling from old memory a long disused word. 'Yes, that was the name. I was Gandalf.' Why wouldn't he remember being Gandalf right away? Why would Eru ...
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Are Gandalf and Radagast actually cousins?

In The Hobbit, Gandalf introduces himself to Beorn by mentioning Beorn might know of Gandalf's cousin Radagast. Did Gandalf mean Radagast was his actual cousin, or did he mean Radagast was just a ...
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Is there a record of Gandalf's previous trips through Moria?

As far as I remember, when Aragorn and Gandalf discuss the alternative of Moria Aragorn says something like "I too have journeyed through Moria...". This would imply that Gandalf has walked the halls ...
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Why does Gandalf say “the West that is forgotten”?

Inspired by this question and namely by this passage (emphasis mine): “Many are my names in many countries: Mithrandir among the Elves, Tharkûn to the Dwarves; Olórin I was in my youth in the ...
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How did Gandalf get each of his various names?

Gandalf goes by many names in Tolkien's works. Gandalf himself says in The Two Towers: "Many are my names in many countries. Mithrandir among the elves, Tharkûn to the dwarves; Olórin I was in my ...
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Was Gandalf's resurrection ever explained in the books?

After Gandalf died from the injuries he sustained whilst fighting the Balrog, he was resurrected by Eru: Gandalf's body lay on the peak for nineteen days, until he was resurrected by Eru and sent ...
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What was Gandalf doing with his hand in this scene at the Black Gate?

At about 0:31 onwards in this video, Aragorn turned around and the camera then focused on Gandalf who proceeded to wave his hand: What is Gandalf doing here? Is it ...
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What spell did Gandalf cast when he revived Pippin?

In the movies, Pippin takes the Palantir and 'talks' to Sauron. Afterwards, he seems to have died, or at least gone unconscious. Gandalf then said some words, probably casting a spell. Was it some ...
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Why didn't Gandalf carry the Ring in Maiar form?

I understand that the Istari - the only other Maiar besides the Balrog to come into close proximity to the Ring - are constrained within a mortal body and subject to its mortal weaknesses, which ...
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Would Gandalf be invisible if he wore the One Ring?

If Gandalf wears the One Ring, will he be invisible? Or will he master it and be visible? Maybe I should ask: is there a chance that the "invisibility" effect of the Ring is a side effect of ...
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What does Gandalf intend to chat with Tom Bombadil about?

This is not another "Who was Tom Bombadil" question. Close to the end of ROTK Gandalf tells one of the Hobbits that it's time for him to go and have a long talk with Tom Bombadil. Was there anything ...
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In JRRT’s writings, did Gandalf ever use his staff as a physical weapon?

The movies certainly portray Gandalf using his staff as a weapon, but is this explicitly described in JRRT’s writings? For the purposes of this question, using the staff to work magic would not ...
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What are the “Powers” quoted by Gandalf to Frodo in “The Shadows of the Past”?

We know that the Valar are also called Powers of the World. In The Fellowship, chapter II - The Shadows of the Past, we see Gandalf talking to Frodo: But there is only one Power in this world that ...
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Are the Elves Aware that Gandalf (Etc.) Are Maiar? [duplicate]

I was inspired to ask this question by Why was Gandalf the Gray so underestimated? [closed] Basically, are they aware that they are basically godlike beings of immense power and wisdom on a mission ...
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Was Sauron aware of what Gandalf was?

Is there any evidence that Gandalf's maia origin was known to Sauron. Not many of the elves even knew (Cirdan, Galadriel and Elrond maybe) This quote makes me think not. 'So!' said the Messenger. ...
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Why was Gandalf so emotional?

This is relating to the movie. Frodo finally relinquishes his desire for the ring, and it melts in the fires of Mount Doom. The next scene shows the eruption of Mount Doom and the destruction of Barad ...
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Did Tolkien create Gandalf the White out of regret for killing off Gandalf the Grey?

Are there any notes from Tolkien hinting at the possibility that Gandalf the Grey being killed was in fact the end of Gandalf, but was brought back out of regret (or even necessity)? I'm particularly ...
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Why did Gandalf go out of time?

Given that the Ainur, like the Elves were bound to the universe as long as it lasted, only men being able to escape (the gift of men), why on the death of his Earthly form did Gandalf leave time and ...
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How could Gandalf beat the Balrog?

Both were Maiar, one with highly capped powers, sent to help people against Sauron, but only indirectly and one persuaded and formed into a war and fear bringing monster by one of the most powerful ...
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How did Gandalf find Merry and Pippin in the Fangorn?

Is it ever stated why Gandalf entered Fangorn? Or was it just a coincidence? What I mean by that is how does he just manage to stumble upon Merry and Pippin, or did he know it was going to happen?
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Can Gandalf really turn Sam into 'something unnatural' [duplicate]

At the start of The Fellowship of the Ring Gandalf catches Sam eavesdropping on the conversation between him and Frodo about the true nature of the ring. Then Sam panics and pleas to Frodo: ‘Mr. ...
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What happened to Gandalf after the end of the LOTR movie? [duplicate]

This question is a follow up from this one so credit goes to @Scholar. Obviously Gandalf had devoted a very considerable amount of time and effort to defeating Sauron, literally reshaping the ...
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When did Gandalf become a Maia?

Obviously in the final legendarium, Gandalf was always a Maia as he is Olórin, one of the Ainur who was present at the singing of the Music. What I want to know is: did Tolkien always consider ...
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Why didn't Gandalf know what the Palantir was?

In the book The Two Towers, Gandalf is puzzled as to how Saruman had been communicating with Sauron. Grima Wormtongue, rather conveniently, then throws Saruman's Palantir out the window of Orthanc, ...
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What can Gandalf do, and what can't he do to help? [duplicate]

From what I've read on these forums the race or type of being Gandalf is sort of god-like immortal, like the rest of the wizards. I think I remember reading that they can't interfere in some way. ...
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Did Gandalf have a secret plan? [closed]

I've checked this question out, and Keen offers a great explanation for the seeming plot hole, but my question is a little different. After reading this reddit post, I'm really curious whether ...
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Timespan of events occurring in Middle Earth [duplicate]

I haven't read the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit novels, I have just watched the movies. I want to know the timeline for events as per the movies. I want to know the exact timespan between the ...
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Why Gandalf did not take Frodo and the One Ring to Rivendell immediately after he examined it?

I checked the book and the wikipedia and summarized some of the timeline of Gandalf: TA 3018, April 12 - Gandalf check the One Ring with Frodo in the Shire, tells Frodo that he must leave the Shire ...
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What happened to Gandalf when he died? [duplicate]

Did Tolkien ever describe in any detail, other than Gandalf's own words, what happened to him in the brief period when he was "dead"? For that matter, can we truly say that Gandalf did in fact die? ...
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Is Gandalf's origin discussed in the books but just excluded from the movies?

Solely from reading questions and answers here, I've learned a lot about the lore of Middle Earth, mainly to do with Maia, Valinor, Aman, Eldar, etc... According to this answer, Gandalf is a 11,000+ ...
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What happened to Gandalf the Grey's body when he was sent back as Gandalf the White?

So Gandalf and the Balrog of Moria have a little fisticuffs and they both died. Presumably dead bodies lie on the mountain side somewhere. Gandalf "strayed out of thought and time", gets a can of ...
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Did Gandalf’s ring Narya preserve the Shire?

Throughout the books we find that Elrond and Galadriel both have rings (Nenya and Vilya respectively), but then later we find that Gandalf has Narya, the final of the three rings. We see in the ...
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Gandalf different approach towards magic rings in Hobbit Movie 3 and LotR Movie 1

My concern is only about the movies: In The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies at the end of the movie, Gandalf says that he knows that Bilbo had a magic ring but he let Bilbo keep the ring. Why did ...
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How did Gandalf and Mordor come to know about Gollum?

It's been about a decade since I've read The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, but I recently re-watched the movies (all 6) and from the standpoint of the movie, there is no clear indication that ...
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Did Sauron battle with the White Council in Dol Guldur?

The White Council arrives in Dol Guldur and drives Sauron out, causing him to flee back into Mordor. In The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Sauron attacks Gandalf and overthrows him (in his big scary fog ...
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Why is Gandalf surprised at Sauron's return in LoTR Fellowship (movie)?

In the movies, it is clear that Gandalf suspects, in An Unexpected Journey and even more so in The Desolation of Smaug, that Sauron has begun his return (especially when Sauron captures Gandalf in Dol ...
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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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Was the Balrog afraid of 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 afraid and 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 Gandalf 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 ...