Inspired by this question (about interspecies pairings on the LOTR universe), I was wondering whether Gandalf ever had a romantic partner or spouse?

I've read the books several times, but I don't remember ever this being mentioned or even hinted at. Certainly in the movies (and especially in the Hobbit trilogy) one may detect a not-so-subtle hint of affection between Gandalf and Galadriel that goes beyond mere friendship but I would attribute that to Peter Jackson's vision of the mythology.

In any case, for this question I'm only interested in the books and any letters that Tolkien may have written.

  • No, not in Tolkien's works.
    – Edlothiad
    May 26, 2017 at 21:51

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The only example any Maia having a spouse or even romantic relationship, is Melian, who married the elven king Elu Thingol and became queen of Doriath in the First Age. There were marriages among the Valar but nothing recorded for the Maiar, with themselves or other races, with that one exception.

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    There was also the unrequited love of the moon for the sun.
    – Buzz
    May 26, 2017 at 20:47
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    If you accept the theory, also Tom Bombadil and Goldberry. And in some early versions of the Silmarillion, some Maiar (e.g. Fionwë > Eonwë) were "Children of the Valar".
    – Spencer
    May 26, 2017 at 22:24
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    Osse, lord of the sea, vassal of ulmo, had another maia as wife.
    – b.Lorenz
    Jul 14, 2017 at 17:27

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