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It's never made clear whether Sauron would have had control over Smaug Gandalf has a moment where he needs some help from King. Gandalf was a Maiar who was sent by Varda and Manwe to aid in the that Gandalf was a wiser and more noble being than Saruman and she. Gandalf and Saruman were central characters to Tolkien's Lord of the that was to help the beings of Middle Earth contend with this Sauron.
Dec 14 '14 at Bear in mind that Gandalf was entrusted with Narya on arrival at the Havens before Saruman made his especial study. And somehow it's about the Lady Galadriel again While I'd originally agreed with the answer by Ernst W. Adams another Tolkienite I regard very highly and his sentiment that Elvish marriages were unshakeable something I still stand by and that Gandalf and Galadriel were merely friends and comrades in arms.
However, upon reading Thomas' answer I had a bit of a change of heart, which I'll try to lay out here. And while this may be an unpopular opinion I'll try to provide sources where Thomas hadn't.
I believe there was some form of intimate relationship between the two. It was certainly platonic due to Tolkien's religious beliefs and the fact that adultery was a sin and would not happen, but whether that would've been different had Tolkien had different views is anyone's guess.
The two Galadriel and Gandalf certainly shared a close bond. As Darth Satan User says they likely spent a large amount of time together as Olorin frequently visited the Gardens of Lorien and there spent time with the Elves who'd returned from the Halls of Mandos, and Galadriel had spent time there before the March of the Noldor.
It's possible that Olorin had encountered Galadriel, especially given her fame as one of the most beautiful elf-maids, given: Unfinished tales Given that Olorin "loved the Elves, he walked among them unseen, or in form as one of them, and they did not know whence came the fair visions or the promptings of wisdom that he put into their hearts.
Even without interactions in Valinor, the two clearly have a close connection in Middle-earth. The two "shared the joys and burdens of bearing two of the Elvenrings".
They would most certainly have been aware of the other bearer, whether this had an affect on their relationship isn't certain. She strongly supported Gandalf's case to be the head of the White Council, putting him against Saruman, the eventual leader.
Galadriel indeed had wished that Mithrandir should be the head of the Council, and Saruman begrudged them that, for his pride and desire of mastery was grown great; but Mithrandir refused the office, since he would have no ties and no allegiance, save to those who sent him, and he would abide in no place nor be subject to any summons.
Liberties of such are taken in the Hobbit films, but even in the books we see Galadriel seemingly reading people's mind, and she was able to "sense" Gandalf's death against the Balrog and sent Gwaihir to his aid, and clothed him in white with a new staff. One has to actually be looking to see those metaphor, and that was probably intentional, as universal themes are a bit more appealing to even the Christians when escaping into such a fascinating work of world building as the Tolkien novels provides.
Simply put - the five wizards are somewhat like the Biblical angels, some are more powerful or less powerful than others, but these, the Istari, are clothed in flesh, and in the appearance of men. One thing important for the reader to understand about the world of Tolkien's legendarium is that Middle Earth is a large continent in that world, but not the entire world. Middle Earth is merely were the most of the action takes place. Only the dwarves, the hobbits, and men are from Middle Earth, the other characters are actually from somewhere else entirely - a place referred to as the undying lands.
In Tolkien's legendarium, there is most certainly a creator God, and that creator created various and sundry lesser gods, and all manner of other eternal spirits that may or may not be trapped in or inhabiting a body of flesh.
Tolkien's elves are also originally from the "undying lands," and throughout The Lord Of The Rings, a major underlying theme is the elves are leaving Middle Earth to return there, they are turning over reign of Middle Earth to mankind.
There is absolutely no reason at all for the lover of Tolkien's work to also know the Bible, however, one could make a case that "the elves" are rather like the progeny of the angels of the Bible having been cross bred with mankind. In the Bible, of course, it was demonic angels that bred with mankind - so there are always twists in such comparisons.
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Let us return our focus now to the subject at hand, the two white wizards of the Tolkien legendarium. The first film for The Hobbit will be released then, and the viewers will all be soon introduced to Gandalf The Grey, a bumbling old fellow that always seems to know a hell of a lot more than he is willing to say.
In The Hobbit, Gandalf seems near omniscient at times, as he orchestrates events he is certain will turn out right. He is here, and he is there. He appears, and then he is gone, and nobody much ever realizes just when he slipped away. There is, in The Hobbit, mention of a mysterious and evil being known only as "the necromancer," and this, of course, turns out in the end to be Sauron, who manifests himself in The Lord Of The Rings as a great eye of fire.
The five wizards were entirely sent to Middle Earth for a single solitary purpose, and that was to help the beings of Middle Earth contend with this Sauron, who can for all intents and practical purposes be thought of as something like the Biblical Satan.
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Of the five wizards, only Gandalf really sticks to his mission. While it is likely that all five were very much afraid of the much more powerful Sauron, only Gandalf, who was initially thought to be the second most powerful of the wizards, faces his fears, and overcomes them. Concerning Gandalf, the official description from the legendarium is as follows: Warm and eager was his spirit and it was enhanced by the ring Naryafor he was the Enemy of Sauronopposing the fire that devours and wastes with the fire that kindles, and succours in wanhope and distress; but his joy, and his swift wrath, were veiled in garments grey as ash, so that only those that knew him well glimpsed the flame that was within.
For they deemed him though in error to be of Elven-kind, since he would at times work wonders among them, loving especially the beauty of fire; and yet such marvels he wrought mostly for mirth and delight, and desired not that any should hold him in awe or take his counsels out of fear.
Saruman and Gandalf
Gandalf, was humble, and so he was elevated over the pride filled, jealous, and power hungry Saruman. While Gandalf was well known to all races or species of "people's" on Middle Earth, he was also very in touch with the natural world, the flora and fauna were things he respected greatly, and this, perhaps, was why he was so forever interested in the creatures that seemed the very least of significance, hobbits.
Hobbits, having had no real significance in the events of Middle Earth at all before Gandalf saw something in them; were known for simple pleasures, eating, drinking, singing and dancing, and growing things.
They had no kind of government, needed none, and were rather keen on staying out of everything, and enjoying their lives.
The perfect sort of values that lead one to doing the most noble of deeds, but the proud and the self deemed wise never see such things. The truly wise, of course, do. Without getting too thick into the details and the differences between the novels by Tolkien and the adaptation for film by Peter Jackson, suffice it to say that Gandalf sacrificed himself for his friends, and for the entire world - not for any surety of their success, but merely to provide a chance that they might succeed.
He faced a demonic thing that was easily his equal, and he overcame it, transcending himself to become Gandalf The White. Literally, his entire presence in Tolkien's novels mirror's that of the character Sauron, who Saruman and the other wizards were sent to Middle Earth to combat, not admire. Saruman's very name meant man of skill, and he excelled at technological things, chemistry and metalwork.
Saruman is so intelligent and powerful that he is widely regarded by all as the White Wizard, one of the wisest and most powerful entities of all within Middle Earth, but whether or not he was ever that is something left up to the reader to decide.