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Galadriel is a fictional character created by J.R.R. Tolkien, appearing in his Middle-earth . When Sauron attacked Eregion, Celebrimbor entrusted Galadriel with one of She was in turn tested when Frodo Baggins offered to place the Ring in her On the day that the Fellowship left Lórien, Gandalf arrived, carried by the. However she percieved that Gandalf was a wiser and more noble being than Saruman and she wanted him as head of the white council, but. –Gandalf, recounting his confrontation with Saruman in The Fellowship of the Ring . This relationship, now known as “Hubble's Law,” has been . had the One Ring was to empirically test whether it was genuine or not.
After Bilbo, as a prank on his guests, put on the Ring and disappeared, Gandalf strongly encouraged his old friend to leave the Ring to Frodo, as they had planned.
Bilbo became hostile and accused Gandalf of trying to steal the Ring—which he called "my precious", much as Gollum had done. Gandalf later discovered that Isildurwho earlier possessed the ring and was destroyed by it, had written "it is precious to me". Coming to his senses, Bilbo admitted that the Ring had been troubling him, and leaving it behind for Frodo, he departed for Rivendell. Though Bilbo would never be entirely free of the desire for the Ring, he was the first of its bearers to give it up willingly.
Over the next 17 years, Gandalf travelled extensively, searching for answers on the Ring. He found some answers in Isildur's scrollin the archives of Minas Tirith. But he also wanted to interview Gollum, who had borne the Ring for many years. Gandalf searched long and widely for Gollum, and often had the assistance of Aragorn.
Aragorn eventually succeeded, and Gandalf questioned Gollum, threatening him with fire when he proved unwilling to speak. This reinforced Gandalf's growing suspicion that Bilbo's ring was the One Ring. He told Frodo the full history of the Ring, and urged him to take the Ring to Rivendell ; for he would be in grave danger if he stayed in the Shire. Gandalf said he would attempt to return for Frodo's 50th birthday party, in order to accompany him on the road thereafter; and that meanwhile Frodo should arrange to leave quietly, as the servants of Sauron would be searching for him.
Gandalf left a letter to Frodo urging his immediate departure with Barliman Butterbur at the inn in Breeand headed towards Isengard.
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There Saruman revealed his true colours, urging Gandalf to help him obtain the Ring for his own use. Gandalf refused, and Saruman imprisoned him at the top of the tower of Orthanc. Eventually Gandalf was rescued by Gwaihir the Eagle. It was then that Gandalf met the great horse Shadowfaxone of the mearaswho would be his mount and companion for most of the rest of the war. Gandalf pursued the horse for two days  before Shadowfax permitted Gandalf to ride him.
Gandalf then rode hard for the Shire, but did not reach it until Frodo had already set out. Knowing that Frodo and his companions would be heading for Rivendell, Gandalf began to make his own way there. He learned at Bree that the Hobbits had fallen in with Aragorn. Frodo, Aragorn and company faced the remaining five on Weathertop a few nights later.
Gandalf reached Rivendell just before Frodo's arrival. He also revealed that Saruman had betrayed them and was in league with Sauron.
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When it was decided that the Ring had to be destroyed, Gandalf volunteered to accompany Frodo—now the Ring-bearer—in his quest. The Balrog reached the bridge.
Gandalf stood in the middle of the span, leaning on the staff in his left hand, but in his other hand Glamdring gleamed, cold and white. His enemy halted again, facing him, and the shadow about it reached out like two vast wings. It raised the whip, and the thongs whined and cracked. Fire came from its nostrils. But Gandalf stood firm. The orcs stood still, and a dead silence fell.
Go back to the Shadow! TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring Taking charge of the Fellowship comprising nine representatives of the free peoples of Middle-earth"set against the Nine Riders"Gandalf and Aragorn led the Hobbits and their companions south. After an unsuccessful attempt to cross Mount Caradhras in winter, they crossed under the mountains through the Mines of Moriathough only Gimli the Dwarf was enthusiastic about that route.
In Moria, they discovered that the Dwarf colony established there earlier had been overrun by orcs. The Fellowship fought with the orcs and trolls of Moria and escaped them. Gandalf faced the Balrog to enable the others to escape. After a brief exchange of blows, Gandalf broke the bridge beneath the Balrog with his staff.
As the Balrog fell, it wrapped its whip around Gandalf's legs, dragging him over the edge. As his friends looked on in horror, Gandalf fell into the abyss, crying "Fly, you fools! After a long fall, Gandalf and the Balrog crashed into a deep subterranean lake far under Moria. Gandalf pursued the Balrog through the tunnels for eight days until they climbed to the peak of Zirakzigil.
Here they fought for two days and nights. In the end, the Balrog was defeated and cast down onto the mountainside. Gandalf himself died shortly afterwards, and his body lay on the peak while his spirit travelled "out of thought and time". Gandalf the White[ edit ] Gandalf was eventually "sent back" [c] as Gandalf the White, and returned to life on the mountain top. They mistook him for Sarumanbut he stopped their attacks and revealed himself. Gandalf arrived just in time to shatter Saruman's attack on Helm's Deep.
After the ensuing battleGandalf and the king rode to Isengardwhich in the interim had itself been attacked and conquered by Treebeard and the Entsalong with Merry and Pippin. Gandalf broke Saruman's staff and expelled him from the White Council and the Order of Wizards, and assumed Saruman's place as head of both.
Gandalf then took the chastened Pippin with him to Minas Tirith to keep the young hobbit out of further trouble. Gandalf arrived in time to help order the defences of Minas Tirith. His presence was resented by Denethorthe Steward of Gondor ; but after Denethor's son Faramir was gravely wounded in battle, Denethor sank into despair and madness. But at that moment the Rohirrim arrived, compelling the Witch-king to withdraw and engage them. In wisdom or great folly it has been sent away to be destroyed, lest it destroy us.
Without it we cannot by force defeat [Sauron's] force. But we must at all costs keep his Eye from his true peril We must call out his hidden strength, so that he shall empty his land We must make ourselves the bait, though his jaws should close on us We must walk open-eyed into that trap, with courage, but small hope for ourselves.
But this, I deem, is our duty. In a parley before the battle, Gandalf and the other leaders of the West met the Mouth of Sauronwho showed them Frodo's mithril shirt and other items from the Hobbits' equipment. But Gandalf rejected Mordor's terms of surrender, and the forces of the West faced the full might of Sauron's armies, until the Ring was destroyed in Mount Doom. Gandalf led the Eagles to rescue Frodo and Sam from the erupting mountain."Galadriel and Saruman" - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Available March 19
Most importantly, though, Gandalf finds his darkest dread is real: This is the moment, Gandalf must have thought, when Sauron must be confronted and defeated. Elrond Half-elven confides privately in Gandalf that he has a foreboding that the Ring will be found, and that the war to end the age is coming, dreading that it would end in darkness and despair. This remark is almost a premonition -it certainly seems as though there is more to it, when seen in context. This lack of desire for a direct confrontation has now created a further peril, unbeknownst to the wizard: Saruman wants the One Ring for himself and is secretly searching for it along the banks of river Anduin.
Gandalf, withdrawing from the front lines again, visits the Hobbits in the Shire occasionally, taking part in their parties where he impresses young Hobbits with his fireworks and his stories about dragons, goblins and princesses. Is he in fact trialling some kind of plan to send a Hobbit off on a quest? Meanwhile, Smaug the Dragon has destroyed both the Kingdom under the Mountain and the town of Dale, and Gandalf fears that Sauron might use the desolation around Erebor to regain the northern passes in the mountains and the old lands of Angmar.
Gandalf knows that the Dwarf lord Thorin plans to battle against Smaug, but judges that this will not be enough. Thorin feels an uncharacteristic urge to seek out Gandalf, who becomes intrigued, for he feels he needs to speak to Thorin as well. They agree to travel together.
It is very clear in The Hobbit that it is Gandalf who selects Bilbo for this task, against the better judgement of the dwarves at first: Is actively testing his plan, which better explains the otherwise odd recommendation he makes to the dwarves to use Bilbo? Gandalf then accompanies Thorin and Company to Rivendell and beyond and is instrumental in saving the travellers's lives from several calamities.
Quite early on, he discovers the ancient sword Glamdring about which more hereand kills the Great Goblin with it. But he then leaves the dwarves himself to do the thing that he has so long seemingly put off doing: Directly confronting and attacking Sauron has been something he has procrastinated with for almost two thousand years at this point. Why would he seek to act now? But why does he throw himself into conflict at that point, when he has put it off for so long?
Two answers spring to mind: Fate seems to be on his side, moreso than at any point since he arrived in Middle-earth. The Necromancer is consequently driven from Dol Guldur. Thorin's quest is successful: Erebor is retaken and Smaug is killed.
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Gandalf returns to the area, brimming with confidence -he sorts out the complex politics that have arisen and sees that he has accomplished his immediate goal, the destruction of Smaug, who could have been used to disastrous effect by Sauron.
As at the time of the Watchful Peace years earlier, there has been a triumph. But again there is no follow-through. And it is this lack of follow-through which prolongs the problem of Sauron. Saruman, jealous and afraid of Gandalf, then sets spies to watch all his movements. If Gandalf had acted instead of reacting when offered the leadership of the Council centuries before, Saruman would not have been in this position.
Meanwhile Sauron begins reassembling his forces for another war against the West. Gandalf, at least partially aware of all this, must wonder whether he is ever to be free of his nemesis.
A few years later in he meets Aragorn, the hidden Heir of Isildur, and soon becomes friends with him. Here at last is someone with the same deep character motivation: Indeed, Aragorn has much in common with the wizard: Having no clear plan of attack, Gandalf reverts to his former pattern of withdrawing and trying to find a means of dealing with Sauron indirectly.
Gandalf recalls the deceit Bilbo used in originally claiming the One Ring for his own and sees that Bilbo is now very preoccupied with it. He convinces Bilbo to leave the Ring for Frodo, but makes sure that he is present at the moment of handing over. This is so that he can make a judgement both about the power of the Ring -and about the resilience and persistence of the Hobbits.
A search for Gollum and study of ancient records later confirms this plan: And all through someone else. He returns to the Shire and advises Frodo to leave as soon as possible, promising to return before a farewell party for Bilbo in autumn of that yearand to escort him to Rivendell. Gandalf also tells Frodo about the creature Gollum, to which Frodo exclaims that he should have been killed.
Gandalf speculates -perhaps again with some kind of foreknowledge of the future- that Gollum will have a part to play before the end. He then sets out to seek the advice of Saruman, supposedly still the head of his order. Why does he feel the need to ask Saruman what to do? Again, Gandalf is giving someone else the responsibility of making decisions in the conflict with Sauron.
Gandalf rejects this with horror -this is an even worse nightmare for him: Gandalf speeds to the Shire on the stolen Shadowfax, no doubt pondering his own condition: Fortunately, Frodo has already left and is with Strider, the suspicious Ranger. But for Gandalf this is a hope which far exceeds his expectations: To avoid Saruman, Gandalf decides to take a southern route to the Redhorn Pass and there to cross the Misty Mountains near Caradhras, traversing the mountain range and avoiding Isengard.
But this is an interesting encounter on many levels: Gandalf is not afraid of the creature as such, though he is weary. In a spectacular display of bravery that is the closest the story reaches towards myth, he confronts the demon, breaks the bridge and leaves the Balrog to fall into the seemingly bottomless chasm. But he is dragged down by its whip; he and the Balrog fight in the bowels and deep places of the world for two days and nights. Using his last measure of strength to slay the creature, Gandalf then dies, sacrificing himself to save the Fellowship.
Gandalf is no coward. Why should this be the case? Balrogs are fearsome; death is also terrible. Death would have been a legitimate excuse for Gandalf to leave the field of battle: The details of what actually happens are wisely hidden from us as readers of The Lord of the Rings. All we know is that, as the sole emissary of the Valar in Middle-earth, Gandalf is granted the power to be more of a Maiar when he returns to Middle-earth after death. We have to assume that the choice to return was his.