For the A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of characters. On my normal blogging days, Monday – parenting, Wednesday – quotes, and Thursday – writing/publishing, I will focus on characteristics. On the other days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I will write about characters from movies, TVs or books.
Today the letter is G for the wizard Gandalf, one of the protagonists from J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Gandalf appears as you might stereotypically think of a wizard – grey-haired, bearded and leaning on a staff. But don’t mistake him for being frail.
In The Hobbit, he generally keeps his powers and motives closely guarded. He always seems to know more about the situation than the other characters.
In Lord of the Rings, he is a leader and mentor to Frodo Baggins. Everything he does is deliberate and with deep thought. His mere presence calms situations. Initially, he is known as Gandalf the Grey but after his death, he comes back as Gandalf the White.
Gandalf was portrayed by Ian McKellen in the most-recent movie adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. In 2010, Empire magazine named McKellen’s Gandalf as the 28th greatest film character of all time.
If you missed the other days in the A to Z Challenge:
A is for Alice
B is for Belgarath
C is for Cautious Child
D is for Dana Scully
F is for Flaky Character