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Gandalf is a fictional character with major roles in J. R. R. Tolkien's novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. In these stories, Gandalf appears as a wizard, member and later the head (after Saruman's betrayal and fall) of the order known as the Istari, as well as leader of the Fellowship of the Ring and the army of the West. In The Lord of the Rings, he is initially known as Gandalf the Grey, but after assuming leadership of the Istari, he becomes known as Gandalf the White.

Humphrey Carpenter in his 1977 (42 years ago) biography relates that Tolkien owned a postcard entitled Der Berggeist (German: "the mountain spirit"), and on the paper cover in which he kept it, he wrote "the origin of Gandalf". The postcard reproduces a painting of a bearded figure, sitting on a rock under a pine tree in a mountainous setting. He wears a wide-brimmed round hat and a long red cloak, and a white fawn is nuzzling his upturned hands.

Carpenter said that Tolkien recalled buying the postcard during his holiday in Switzerland in 1911 (108 years ago). Manfred Zimmerman, however, discovered that the painting was by German artist Josef Madlener and dates to the mid–1920s. Carpenter acknowledged that Tolkien was probably mistaken about the origin of the postcard.

The original painting was auctioned at Sotheby's in London on 12 Jul. 2005 (14 years ago) for ₤84,000. The previous owner had been given the painting by Madlener in the 1940 (79 years ago) and recalled that Madlener said the mountains in the background were the Torri del Vaiolet, peaks of Dolomites.

When writing The Hobbit in the early 1930 (89 years ago) Tolkien gave the name Gandalf to the leader of the dwarves, the character later called Thorin. The name is taken from the same source as all the other Dwarf names (save Balin) in The Hobbit: the "Catalogue of Dwarves" in the Völuspá. He came to regret his decision, calling it a "rabble of eddaic-named dwarves,... invented in an idle hour".

Odin, the Wanderer (1886, 133 years ago) by Georg von Rosen (1843-1923)The wizard that was to become Gandalf was originally named Bladorthin. Tolkien later assigned this name to an ancient king who had ordered some spears from the dwarves. The Old Norse name Gandalfr incorporates the words gandr meaning both "wand" and (especially in compounds) "magic" and alfr meaning "elf" or in a wider sense "(mythological) being". Hence Gandalf means roughly "magic–elf/being" or wizard. This may have led Tolkien to transfer the name from the leader of the dwarves to the wizard.

Incidentally, the correct pronunciation of the name Gandalf should contain a final /v/ and not /f/, corresponding to Old Norse and as stated by Tolkien in Appendix E of The Lord of The Rings. That being said, the pronunciation with final /v/ is not often heard.

Throughout the early drafts, and through to the first edition of The Hobbit Bladorthin/Gandalf is described as being a "little old man", distinct from a dwarf, but not of the full human stature that would later be described in The Lord of the Rings. Even in The Lord of the Rings, Gandalf was not tall; shorter, for example, than Elrond or the other wizards.

Tolkien refers to Gandalf as an "angel incarnate" in a letter of 1954 (65 years ago). In the same letter Tolkien states he was given the form of an old man in order to limit his powers on earth. Both in 1965 (54 years ago) and 1971 (48 years ago) Tolkien again refers to Gandalf as an angelic being.

In a letter of 1946 (73 years ago) Tolkien stated that he thought of Gandalf as an "Odinic wanderer". Other commentators have also compared Gandalf to the Norse god Odin in his "Wanderer" guise — an old man with one eye, a long white beard, a wide brimmed hat, and a staff.


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