A to Z Challenge: Fictional Favorites, Day 7

G is for — Gandalf from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Who else but Gandalf, wandering wizard and guardian of Middle Earth? He is the epitome of a great spellcaster, the standard to which all other wizards are held, at least, by me. When I hear the word “wizard,” an image of Gandalf immediately comes to mind. His long gray hair and beard, gray robes, tall peaked hat, and crooked staff personify my ideal of a wizard. And not only does he wield powerful magic, he wields a sword equally well — a formidable opponent indeed. Yet wisdom and compassion rule his actions, and love for his fellow Men — and Hobbits — and all those who work for the good of Middle Earth. Actor Sir Ian McKellen plays him perfectly in the Peter Jackson films. He IS Gandalf.

When Gandalf arrives on Bilbo’s doorstep, Bilbo wants nothing to do with him or his adventurous quest. I, on the other hand, would have leaped at the chance to take part in such an adventure and, in my younger days, often imagined doing just that. What a thrill it would have been! And I suspect I’m not the only one to have had such imaginings. I’m sure there are many kindred spirits who would have loved to hear those words: “I am looking for someone to share in an adventure…”

Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf Photo Credit: LOTR Wikia

Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf
Photo Credit: LOTR Wikia

Gandalf and Bilbo from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Photo Credit: LOTR Wikia

Gandalf and Bilbo from
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Photo Credit: LOTR Wikia

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21 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge: Fictional Favorites, Day 7

  1. I love Gandalf… so wise, and so selfless! I still get chills when I watch the scene where he stands up to the massive demon-like creature down in the Mines of Moria…what a great picture of spiritual warfare! Anyway – thanks for the post – and Michelle, LOTR is a must-read, even for those who don’t typically consider themselves fantasy fans! I read the entire trilogy in two weeks!

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  2. Gandalf’s compassion towards all beings is what makes him the idealization of a wizard, for me. The spell-casting and sword-wielding are necessary for him to fit into Middle Earth as a wizard – his compassion sets him apart.

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