Category: gandalf


I was explaining very carefully,“
answered the wizard crossly. "If you must know more, his name is Beorn. He is
very strong, and he is a skin-changer.”

“OwO what’s this! A Furry?” asked Bilbo.

“Good gracious heavens, no, no, NO, NO!” said Gandalf.



                                                        you, shall not pass!


Me: when Gandalf is facing the Balrog, Tolkien compares him to an “a wizened tree before the onset of a storm.” I think that’s a really interesting choice of words, because it makes Gandalf seem vulnerable, but because ‘wizened’ sounds like ‘wizard,’ we’re also reminded that he has some power in him. 

My teacher: again, that’s a very impressive literary analysis, but the book that we’re supposed to be discussing today is Moby Dick. 


I really appreciate that Tolkien chose to keep the Balrog silent, rather than having him speak, because it would have been pretty weird. 

Gandalf: Go back to the shadows!

Balrog: I don’t want to go back to the shadows. 


Gandalf: I’m having a hard time finding someone for an adventure

Bilbo: yeah dude, why are you even in the Shire? You’re never going to find someone to go on an adventure around here.


Bilbo: oh no.


Boromir: and if we fail, what then? What happens when Sauron takes back what’s his?

Gandalf: um, I head back to Valinor and leave you guys to deal with this?

Elrond: Ditto.

Legolas: Same. Gimli can join, too.


Gandalf: Saruman had me trapped on top of his tower! Thankfully an eagle rescued me, because otherwise I would have had to jump! And that would have meant a very long fall, which probably would have killed me, haha. I mean, there’s no way I could survive such a long fall, right?


Gandalf: I told you to keep the ring secret and safe. Is it?

Frodo: Of course. I put it in a box in my kitchen labeled “oatmeal-raisin cookies with extra-raisins.” No one would ever look in there.

Gandalf: Such a good idea, I’m very proud of you.


‘Like a moth to a flame’

In The Fellowship of the Ring, the first instalment in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Gandalf the Grey becomes imprisoned in Isengard following a dispute with Saruman the White.

The film shows a scene in which a moth makes its way up to the roof of Orthanc, where Gandalf is being held prisoner. I believe the scene itself to be a visual pun at the hands of the filmmakers.

You’re probably familiar with the saying: like a moth to a flame.

You see, Gandalf is the bearer of the Elven-Ring Narya, the Ring of Fire.

  • “I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor.” — Gandalf

Therefore Gandalf is the flame. That’s why the moth is drawn to him. It’s a visual pun.

He that breaks a thing to find out what it is …

He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.