Gandalf quotes (Top 5)


In this blog we will take a look at some powerful quotes by Gandalf the Grey as well as briefly touch upon who Gandalf is. 

Who is Gandalf?

Gandalf the Grey, who is later known as Gandalf the White, is an Istar or wizard who was sent to middle earth to deal with the threat of Sauron. 

His original name is Olórin and he joined Thorin II Oakenshield and his company to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from Smaug. 

According to the LOTR.wiki page, He also played a pivotal role as he helped form the Fellowship of the Ring to destroy the One Ring, and led the final campaign of the War of the Ring.

Gandalf was instrumental in bringing about the defeat of Sauron in T.A. 3019 and he is known as a wise and powerful wizard. 

His role in the books is to be the guide, the beacon of wisdom that he dispense during important times throughout the other characters journey, 

He is first described as a mentor, a wise wizard that is robed in grey and is known as Gandalf the Grey by Blbo Pippins, after he falls in Moria he is then dressed in white and known as Gandalf the white. 

He is also described as having interest in the hobbits, often helping Frodo and his friends chiefly by encouraging them and in this way he exemplifies the archetype of the wizard character.

What are some wise Gandafl quotes?

Here are some iconic Gnadalf quotes written by J.R.R. Tolkien as well as some quotes from the movie adaptation of the LOTRs and the Hobbit. 

Iconic Gandalf quotes

Here are some iconic quotes written by J.R.R. Tolkien for the character of Gandalf that is celebrated by many followers and fans of the writer and the books. 

“There is only one lord of the ring. only one who can bend it to his will. and he does not share power!”

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“Understand, frodo – i would use this ring from a desire to do good, but through me… it would wield a power too great and terrible to imagine!”

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“Bilbo baggins! do not take me for some conjurer of cheap tricks! i am not trying to rob you! i’m trying to help you.”

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“I do not ask for pardon, master elrond, for the black speech of mordor may yet be heard in every corner of the west!”

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“There are other forces at work in this world, frodo, besides the will of evil.”

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“You shall not pass!”

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“The board is set, the pieces are moving. We come to it at last, the great battle of our time.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“The Ring has awoken, it’s heard its master’s call.” 

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

 “For behold! the storm comes, and now all friends should gather together, lest each singly be destroyed.” 

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“Saruman,” I said, standing away from him, “only one hand at a time can weild the One, and you know that well, so do not trouble to say we!”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“This is your realm, and the heart of the greater realm that shall be. The Third Age of the world is ended, and the new age is begun; and it is your task to order its beginning and to preserve what must be preserved. For though much has been saved, much must now pass away; and the power of the Three Rings also is ended. And all the lands that you see, and those that lie round about them, shall be dwellings of Men. For the time comes of the Dominion of Men, and the Elder Kindred shall fade or depart.”

 — J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it. White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.”

—— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“You cannot pass,” he said. The orcs stood still, and a dead silence fell. “I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Wise Gandalf Quotes

Gandalf is one of the wisest characters in the books by J.R.R. Tolkien and it is his character that serves as an indispensable source of wisdom, support, and overall strength to the other characters. 

It is through his words, his monologues, and at times through his mere presence that brings much of the characters into motion as he shares wisdom and encouragement.

“Even The Very Wise Cannot See All Ends.”

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“You Must Trust Yourself. Trust Your Own Strength.”

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“All We Have To Do Is Decide What To Do With The Time That Is Given To Us.”

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“True Courage Is Knowing Not When To Take A Life, But When To Spare One.”

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“Death Is Just Another Path – One That We All Must Take.”

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“Despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.” 

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“The World Is Not In Your Books And Maps. It Is Out There.”

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“It Is The Small Things, Everyday Deeds Of Ordinary Folk That Keeps The Darkness At Bay. Simple Acts Of Love And Kindness.”

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“Do Not Be Too Eager To Deal Out Death In Judgment.”

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“I Will Not Say Do Not Weep, For Not All Tears Are An Evil.”

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

Go where you must go, and hope!”

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

 “The wise speak only of what they know.” 

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“Evil will be drawn to you from outside the fellowship. And, I fear, from within you must trust yourself. Trust your own strengths.” 

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“Courage will now be your best defence against the storm that is at hand-—that and such hope as I bring.”

 — J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf. The Return of the King

“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. I have not much hope that Gollum can be cured before he dies, but there is a chance of it. And he is bound up with the fate of the Ring. My heart tells me that he has some part to play yet, for good or ill, before the end; and when that comes, the pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many – yours not least.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-earth. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

Funny Gandalf quotes

Here are some funny quotes by Gandalf, in various parts of the book and the movies where he has unintentionally said a quib or remarked on another character. 

These quotes were said in good humour and often are a result of the antics of various pranks by the hobbits.

“If In Doubt, Meriadoc, Always Follow Your Nose!”

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“Fly, you fools!” 

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early; he arrives precisely when he means to.” 

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“May your beer be laid under an enchantment of surpassing excellence for seven years!” 

— J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf

“Don’t put a lump of rock under my elbow again!”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

“Evidently we look so much alike that your desire to make an incurable dent in my hat must be excused.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

“Fool of a Took!” he growled. “This is a serious journey, not a hobbit walking-party. Throw yourself in next time, and then you will be no further nuisance.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring

Conclusion

In this blog we have taken a look at some powerful quotes by Gandalf the Grey as well as briefly touch upon who Gandalf is. 

FAQ related to Gnadalf quotes

What does Gandalf say about death?

About death, Gandalf normalises death by saying:

“Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.”

What does Gandalf say to Frodo?

In the book by J.R.R. Tolkien – The Fellowship of The Ring, Gandalf famously says:

“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

What is Gandalf’s famous line?

A few famous lines by Gnadalf the grey area:

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” 

“I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are evil.”

What does Gandalf say in The Hobbit?

“True courage is not knowing when to take a life, but when to spare it.” is a quote that Gandalf famously says in the hobbit. 

Is it a safe Lord of the Rings quote?

In the film adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf asks Frodo, “Is it secret? Is it safe?” when Frodo becomes the keeper of the ring, hiding it away.

References

Louie. L. 15 Gandalf Quotes That Prove He’s As Wise As He Is A Wizard. Screenrant. Retrieved on 27th january 2022. https://screenrant.com/lotr-wise-gandalf-quotes/

Sager.J. 70 of the Best Lord of the Rings Quotes to Inspire You to Live Your Most Heroic, Epic Life. Parade. Retrieved on 27th January 2022. https://parade.com/1090013/jessicasager/lord-of-the-rings-quotes/

Gandalf. Onewikitorulethemall. Retrieved on 27th January 2022. https://lotr.fandom.com/wiki/Gandalf

Gandalf Quotes. Goodreads. Retrieved on 27th January 2022. https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/gandalf

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