Gandalf the Grey
One of the five Istari sent to Middle-earth by the Valar in the Third Age
Who he is
A protagonist in J. R. R. Tolkien's novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
He is a wizard, one of the Istari order, and the leader of the Fellowship of the Ring.
Gandalf portrayed by Ian McKellen
Gandalf was originally robed in grey, and second to Saruman in the Order of wizards.
After his fall in Moria, Gandalf returned to Middle-earth as head of the Order, robed in white.
Gandalf was noteworthy for his keen interest in Hobbits.
Coming to Middle-earth
Early vigilance
Gandalf is often described in The Lord of the Rings as quick to anger, and equally quick to laugh.
His deep wisdom and compassion clearly derived from the patience he learned in Valinor, just as his care for all creatures of good will must have come from his strong sense of pity for the weak.
Both his patience and sense of pity were revealed again and again, extending even to the servants of his enemies.
Gandalf consistently upbraided foolish behaviour, but also richly rewarded those who acted with good intentions.
Hobbits appealed to him more than to the other Wizards, and he went often to the Shire for respite from errands. His attachment was likely because the Shire was of more bliss and peace than other inhabited realms of Middle-earth.
Gandalf is described as an old man with a pointed blue hat, a long grey cloak, and a silver scarf. He had a long white beard and bushy eyebrows that stuck out beyond the brim of the hat.
After he is resurrected, the change of his signature colour from grey to white is significant, for he was sent back to replace the corrupted head of the Order of Wizards and leader of the White Council Saruman as the Chief of the Order of Wizards.
In the book, he says that he has himself become what Saruman should have been.
Gandalf primarily used his staff, but also carried a sword in combat. Sometimes during combat, Gandalf would be seen wielding both weapons against his enemies.
Gandalf utilised his staff for various spells and abilities.
He initially had an old wooden staff which he lost in the Mines of Moria while fighting the Balrog. He used a new one upon becoming Gandalf the White.
This was an Elven sword Gandalf found in a troll cave.
The Quest for Erebor
The Return of the Shadow
The War of the Ring
The Treachery of Saruman
The Fellowship of the Ring
Gandalf the White
The Siege of Minas Tirith
The Last Battle
End of the Order