In the hobbit films, Sauron captures Gandalf. Later, in the Lord of the Rings, Gandalf appears and tells Frodo that the One Ring needs to be destroyed.
What happened was, Sauron and Gandalf hatched a plot to get rich. Sauron insured the One Ring for a ton of money, and his “enemy,” Gandalf, made sure it got destroyed. Then Sauron faked his death and they split the money. It’s so obvious.
Gandalf: it’s Durin’s Bane!
Balrog: my name is Jeff
The Silmarillion aesthetic | T u r g o n | King of Gondolin, The Hidden King
He was tall, wearing white with a gold belt and a crown of garnets, holding the Staff of Doom in his hand. At his side was Glamdring, the Foe-hammer.
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Gandalf: Hey dude, I’m sorry about what happened back then during the 3rd age. We were doing some important stuff. No hard feelings.
Balrog: You woke me up, and when I got upset about it, you murdered me.
Gandalf in the Hobbit: won’t take on a group of wolves.
Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings: singlehandedly holds off a Balrog
Conclusion: wolves are stronger than balrogs