Gandalf (also known as Gandalf the Grey and Gandalf the White, known to the Elves as Mithrandir) is a major character in both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings film series, portrayed by Sir Ian McKellen


Before Middle-EarthEdit

Gandalf was created as Olórin, a messenger of the Valar. He was chosen to go to Middle-earth, evne though he was scared of Sauron. However, his mentor had convinced him to leave. When he came to Middle-earth, he was given the Narya, the Ring of Fire

The HobbitEdit

An Unexpected JourneyEdit

The Desolation of SmaugEdit

The Battle of the Five ArmiesEdit

The Lord of the RingsEdit

The Fellowship of the RingEdit

Gandalf returned to The Shire regularly and met Frodo. Sixty years after the Battle of Five Armies,  Gandalf realized Bilbo had the One Ring and made him give up the ring to Frodo.

After learning the enemy was after the One Ring, he learned the One Ring and Bilbo's ring was one and the same and commissioned Frodo on the road, with Samwise Gamgee following behind. Gandalf tried consulting Saruman, but learned his old friend had fallen.

Gandalf fell in Moria while protecting the company from the Balrog, which ultimately led to a very long battle between the two and the hobbits grieving for the loss of their friend. Gandalf died on the mountain, but was quickly revived by Eru.

The Two TowersEdit

After his fall and defeating Sauron, Gandalf returned as the white wizard, or rather Saruman as he should have been. He entrusts Merry's and Pippin's safety to Treebeard and accompanies Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli. While in Rohan. he cures Theoden of his madness and escape from Saruman's madness. For five days, he searches for Eomer and brings the young prince back during his uncle's time of need.

They are finally victorious at Helm's Deep and head to Isengard.

The Return of the KingEdit

Gandalf became alarmed when Pippin stole the Palantír and saw a vision of a tree in a courtyard of stone. Gandalf takes Pippin with him to Gondor, attempting to warn Denethor of the oncoming battle. However, the steward refuses to listen. Gandalf has Pippin light up the beacons without Lord Denethor's permission

Gandalf takes command of Minas Tirith's armies until Pippin warns him that Faramir and Denethor are going to burn alive. They rescue the son, but the father is suddenly killed in the pyre.

After the battle of the Black Gate, Gandalf easily fought in battle and later rescued Frodo and Sam. He later left for the Grey Havens.

Magical AbilitiesEdit

  • Istari Magic: Gandalf is very powerful in light magic.
    • Pyrokinesis: Gandalf has ability to control fire, and has been shown to use it to light up his pipe.


Trivia Edit

  • Gandalf is the one who manipulated events for Bilbo and Thorin to meet which inadvertently caused Bilbo to find the One Ring and cause the War of the Ring.
  • Gandalf could not remember the names of the Blue Wizards. This was because Peter Jackson didn't have rights to their name while making An Unexpected Journey.