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5 Facts About Gandalf They Leave Out In The Movies

Gandalf, one of the beloved characters in LOTR, is best known as a befriender of the hobbits, but there is so much more than the films leave out about this powerful wizard. If you have not read the book, then here are facts about Gandalf that they leave out in the movies. When you are watching movies or playing casino games at Caesars online, we are sure you would love it more.

#1. He is a Maia.

LOTR films are lengthy, so, surprisingly, they leave our a few facts about the characters. Did you know that Gandalf is more than a wizard? He is a Maia which is spiritual being that existed before Middle Earth. According to the books he was sent by Valar which are immortal beings as an ambassador to Arda. When he takes his original form, he is known as Olorin.

#2. His name.

He arrived in his original form; Olorin. The men named him Gandalf, which is derived from an Old Mannish dialect. His name translates to "Elf of the Wand" because of the staff he carried.

#3. He spends more than two thousand tears on Middle Earth.

Gandalf was sent to Middle Earth to help the people fight Sauron. He was referred to as Gandalf the Grey in The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring. However, he was later known as Gandalf the White in The Two Towers when he became the bearer of Narya.

It was one of the three rings of power. Gandalf spent more than two centuries in Middle Earth learning the cultures of the various beings. He later left for the Undying Lands.

#4. He wielded more than one weapon.

In the film, it is clear that Gandlaf's primary weapon is his staff. However, he wielded another weapon; Glamdring. It was a blade which was used by King Turgon during the Fall of Gondolin and Nirnaeth Arnoediad. However, the sword disappeared, and Gandalf encountered with it at the Troll's cave in The Hobbit. Goblins feared the Glamdring.

#5. His encounter with the Balrog could have led to his demise.

Durin Bane, the Balrog proved to be equal to Gandalf. When the Fellowship encountered the Balrog in the Mines of Moria it was only Gandalf who could stop him. This is because the Balrog was also a Maia, but the dark power of Morgoth had corrupted him. Gandalf could have been slain, but the Ring of Fire saved him.

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