Gandalf

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August 8, 2022

Gandalf, or Gandalf (English Gandalf, trans.: [ˈɡændɑːlf]), is a character in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, a good wizard, one of the Mayan spirits in human form. At different times, the words Gray or White were also added to the magician's name (also due to the color of the magician's clothes).

Names of Gandalf

In Tolkien's legendarium, this character is called differently in different nations. His real name is Olorin. He is also known as Mithrandir by the Elves, Tarkun by the Dwarves, Stormwind by the people of Rogan, Incanus by the people of the South, Gandalf by the people of the North.

Gandalf in the works of Tolkien

Despite the appearance of a man, Gandalf is one of the Maiar - spirits sent by the god Eru to the world of Arda in order to oppose Sauron and direct the nations to fight him. Together with other similar Mayars, collectively called Istari, in the Third Age he actively participated in the fight against Sauron. In order not to force the inhabitants of Arda and Middle-earth, in particular, to do this by force and not to carry out the fight against evil for them, the istara were given the appearance of elders. Accordingly, this limited their power and made them vulnerable, but they remained powerful beings. Olorin arrived in Middle-earth when Sauron corrupted the Forest of Morok with his influence, making it a pernicious place. Istari disembarked at the elven harbor of Mithlondi, where he was given the Ring of Narya (Ring of Fire) by Lord Kirdan. It was one of the Rings bound by Sauron's Ring of Power, but unaffected by its influence directly. Narya's specialty was to inspire those around her to fight against injustice, maintain hope and resist fatigue and time. The wizard traveled through Middle-earth, preferring gray clothes and a pointed hat, for which he was nicknamed Gandalf the Grey. In his travels, he acted as an assistant and adviser. He was closest to the elves, but he maintained ties with all the good peoples of Middle-earth, and was especially known for his friendship with the hobbits. Observing the world for 1000 years, Gandalf realized that the spread of diseases, barbarian orcs and other disturbing events were connected to the fortress of Dol Guldur. He did not manage to find out who is the owner of the fortress, but it became clear that he is a powerful sorcerer, capable of controlling the spirits of the dead, and for this he is nicknamed the Necromancer. Eventually, the Istari founded the White Council, which included Saruman, Gandalf, Cyrd