Lord of the Rings: What’s the Difference Between Gandalf the Grey and Gandalf the White?

With his long gray robes, wide-brimmed pointed hat, and immense magical power, Gandalf the Grey is the archetypal wizard of modern fantasy.

Sent to the shores of Middle-earth to contest the influence of Sauron, he was tireless in his task, and the only one of the five wizards assigned it to hold true until the end, according to J.R.R.

Tolkien himself.

As the Grey Pilgrim, Gandalf helped to seed the downfall of Sauron in The Lord of the Rings and even in The Hobbit through strategy and counsel, but along the way, he was slain.

He was then sent back, transformed into Gandalf the White.

This Gandalf was more directly involved in the final conflict of The Lord of the Rings.

Yet it is as the Grey that Gandalf is best known, and Ian McKellen and Peter Jackson both preferred the first incarnation of the character.

A casual fan may

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