Aliases: Incanus, Olorin, Tharkun, LathSpell, Grey Pilgrim, Grey Wanderer, Stormcrow, Greyhame, Mithrandir, Grey Fool, The White Rider
Date of Birth: ?
Height: Described as rather tall, but bent
Date of Death: ?
Date of Marriage: N/A
Physical description: Appeared as an old man with a
wise face. Immensely long grey beard, and bushy eyebrows. He was dressed in
grey robes throughout much of LotR, but after his fall in Moria, he was dressed
in shining white.
Biography: Gandalf entered into Middle Earth as one
of the Istari, and was deemed the wisest of the order by Galadriel. He has been
said to be the person most responsible for Sauron's downfall, laboring nonstop
for roughly 2000 years to put an end to his reign. Gandalf was the bearer of
Narya, the Ring of Fire, given to him by Cirdan when he arrived in Middle Earth.
Gandalf always held Hobbits near to his heart, and he also held their race in
high regard. When Bilbo found the Ring, Gandalf immediately suspected that it
was the One Ring, but allowed Bilbo to keep it, for he knew Bilbo to be strong,
and innocent: plus he knew no safer place for it, and he dare not be tempted
with it himself. In the year 3001, Gandalf persuaded Bilbo to leave the Ring to
Frodo, and shortly thereafter, Gandalf set in motion the Quest of Mount Doom.
Gandalf was one of the most important people at the Council of Elrond, because
he alone knew the full history of Sauron and the Ring. Although he fell battling
the Balrog in Moria, he was sent back to Middle Earth as Gandalf the White to
complete his errand. Aside from aiding Frodo in his journey, Gandalf did many
other chief deeds during the War of the Ring, including freeing Theoden from
the evil spells of Saruman and Wormtongue, and casting Saruman out and taking
over as the head of the White Council. After the War of the Ring Gandalf sailed
from the Grey Havens with Elrond, Bilbo, and Frodo. It is believed that he also
took his beloved horse, Shadowfax.