Gandalf quotes (149+)

Gandalf quotes 

Few characters in literature are as enigmatic and intriguing as Gandalf, first the Gray and then the White, from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings novels.

His wisdom and guidance prove invaluable as he leads human, dwarf, elf, and hobbit alike on their journeys through Middle-earth.

Lord of the Rings fan or not, we hope that our list of Gandalf quotes inspire and awaken your inner wizard!

Gandalf quotes  (149+)

A loyal leader, this wizard strives to both protect and push his friends to stand up and fight for what they believe in.

He has little patience for those who fail to use logic or common sense and doesn’t hesitate to speak his mind if he feels it necessary.

Gandalf plays a vital role in saving Middle-earth from certain doom by helping his friends defeat Sauron and destroy the One Ring.

Despite being a fierce warrior and a high-minded wizard, Gandalf retains a sense of humanness that is refreshingly comforting.

Gandalf is often described in The Lord of the Rings as quick to anger, and equally quick to laugh.

His deep wisdom and compassion clearly derived from the patience he learned in Valinor, just as his care for all creatures of good will must have come from his strong sense of pity for the weak.

Both his patience and sense of pity were revealed again and again, extending even to the servants of his enemies.

Keen observers of Gandalf often detected a veiled power, usually revealed in his eyes, which appeared deep and wise.

He was alternately affectionate and brusque; he often surprised others with his bluntness when time was of the essence.

Gandalf consistently upbraided foolish behaviour, but also richly rewarded those who acted with good intentions.

Hobbits appealed to him more than to the other Wizards, and he went often to the Shire for respite from errands.

His attachment was likely because the Shire was of more bliss and peace than other inhabited realms of Middle-earth.

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5 Gandalf quotes

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

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

3.   “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.”

4.  “Good Morning!” said Bilbo, and he meant it. The sun was shining, and the grass was very green. But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out further than the brim of his shady hat. “What do you mean?” he said. “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?” “All of them at once,” said Bilbo. “And a very fine morning for a pipe of tobacco out of doors, into the bargain.”

5.  “He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.”

15 Gandalf quotes

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

2.   “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.”

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

4.   “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.”

5.   “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.”

6.  “Fly you fools”

7.   “I am old, Gandalf. I don’t look it, but I am beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts. Well-preserved indeed! Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can’t be right. I need a change, or something.”

8.  “You will not pass!” Roman thundered.

Great. Now he had decided he was Gandalf.”

9.  “The treacherous are ever distrustful.”

10.           “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.”

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

12.           “When evening in the Shire was grey

his footsteps on the Hill were heard;

before the dawn he went away

on journey long without a word.

From Wilderland to Western shore,

from northern waste to southern hill,

through dragon-lair and hidden door

and darkling woods he walked at will.

With Dwarf and Hobbit, Elves and Men,

with mortal and immortal folk,

with bird on bough and beast in den,

in their own secret tongues he spoke.

A deadly sword, a healing hand,

a back that bent beneath its load;

a trumpet-voice, a burning brand,

a weary pilgrim on the road.

A lord of wisdom throned he sat,

swift in anger, quick to laugh;

an old man in a battered hat

who leaned upon a thorny staff.

He stood upon the bridge alone

and Fire and Shadow both defied;

his staff was broken on the stone,

in Khazad-dûm his wisdom died.”

13.           “My friend, you had horses, and deed of arms, and the free fields; but she, being born in the body of a maid, had a spirit and courage at least the match of yours. Yet she was doomed to wait upon an old man, whom she loved as a father, and watch him falling into a mean dishonoured dotage; and her part seemed to her more ignoble than that of the staff he leaned on.

-Gandalf to Eomer, of Eowyn”

14.           “Go back to the abyss! Fall into nothingness that awaits you and your master!”

15. “No, my heart will not yet despair. Gandalf fell and has returned and is with us. We may stand, if only on one leg, or at least be left still upon our knees.”

20 Gandalf quotes

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

2.  “And Gandalf said: “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.”

3.  “He’s Gandalf on crack and an IV of Red Bull, with a big leather coat and a .44 revolver in his pocket.”

4.  “great gandalfs ghost!

if he had a ghost. i doubt it. he was such a snob…”

5.  “He is not half through yet, and to what he will come in the end not even Elrond can foretell. Not to evil, I think. He may become like a glass filled with a clear light for eyes to see that can.”

6.  “What did I tell you, Mr. Pippin?’ said Sam, sheathing his sword. ‘Wolves won’t get him. That was an eye-opener, and no mistake! Nearly singed the hair off my head!”

7.   “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!”

8.  “And he smote the Balrog upon the mountainside.”

9.  “Sam: Mordor. The one place in Middle-earth we don’t want to see any closer, and the one place we’re trying to get to. It’s just where we can’t get. Let’s face it, Mr. Frodo, we’re lost. I don’t think Gandalf meant for us to come this way.

Frodo: He didn’t mean for a lot of things to happen, Sam… but they did.”

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

11.           “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.”

12.           “Pippin glanced in some wonder at the face now close beside his own, for the sound of that laugh had been gay and merry. Yet in the wizard’s face he saw at first only lines of care and sorrow; though as he looked more intently he perceived that under all there was a great joy: a fountain of mirth enough to set a kingdom laughing, were it to gush forth.”

13.           “Then Frodo came forward and took the crown from Faramir and bore it to Gandalf; and Aragorn knelt, and Gandalf set the White Crown upon his head and said:

Now come the days of the King, and may they be blessed while the thrones of the Valar endure!”

14.           “Far, far below the deepest delvings of the dwarves, the world is gnawed by nameless things.”

15.           “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.”

16.           “Farewell!’ he said to Gandalf. ‘I go to find the Sun!”

17.           “And here you will stay, Gandalf the Grey, and rest from journeys. For I am Saruman the Wise, Saruman the Ring-maker, Saruman of Many Colours!”

“I looked then and saw that his robes, which had seemed white, were not so, but were woven of all colours, and if he moved they shimmered and changed hue so that the eye was bewildered.”

18.           “With a suddenness that startled them all the wizard sprang to his feet. He was laughing! “I have it!” he cried. “Of course, of course! Absurdly simple, like most riddles when you see the answer.”

Picking up his staff he stood before the rock and said in a clear voice: Mellon!

The star shone out briefly and faded again. Then silently a great doorway was outlined, though not a crack or joint had been visible before. Slowly it divided in the middle and swung outwards inch by inch, until both doors lay back against the wall.”

19.           “He raised his staff. There was a roll of thunder. The sunlight was blotted out from the eastern windows; the whole hall became suddenly dark as night. The fire faded to sullen embers. Only Gandalf could be seen, standing white and tall before the blackened hearth.”

20. “I don’t think I know your name.’

‘Yes, yes my dear sir and I do know your name Mr. Bilbo Baggins. And you do know my name, though you don’t remember that I belong to it. I am Gandalf, and Gandalf means me.”

25 Gandalf quotes

1.  “It’s the deep breath before the plunge.”

2.  “Don’t be a fool Mr. Baggins if you can help it.”

3.  “I am looking for someone to share in an adventure”

4.  “All your long years we have been friends. Trust me as you once did, let it go”

5.  “I fear I am beyond your comprehension. – Gandalf the White”

6. “Do not then stumble at the end of the road.”

7.  “However it may prove, one must tread the path that need chooses!”

8.  “We were just a hair’s breadth from electing America’s first female president to succeed America’s first black president. We weren’t done, but we were doing it. And then, true to form-like the Balrog’s whip catching Gandalf by his little gray bootie, like the husband in a Lifetime movie hissing, ‘If I can’t have you, no one can’-white American voters shoved an incompetent, racist con man into the White House.”

9.  “But this is terrible!’ cried Frodo. ‘Far worse than the worst that I imagined from your hints and warnings. O Gandalf, best of friends, what am I to do? For now I am really afraid. What am I to do? What a pity that Bilbo did not stab that vile creature, when he had a chance!’

‘Pity? It was Pity that stayed his hand. Pity, and Mercy: not to strike without need. And he has been well rewarded, Frodo. Be sure that he took so little hurt from the evil, and escaped in the end, because he began his ownership of the Ring so. With Pity.’

‘I am sorry,’ said Frodo. ‘But I am frightened; and I do not feel any pity for Gollum.’

‘You have not seen him,’ Gandalf broke in.

‘No, and I don’t want to,’ said Frodo. I can’t understand you. Do you mean to say that you, and the Elves, have let him live on after all those horrible deeds? Now at any rate he is as bad as an Orc, and just an enemy. He deserves death.’

‘Deserves it! I daresay he does. 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.”

10.           “Even the good plans of wise wizards like Gandalf and of good friends like Elrond go astray sometimes when you are off on dangerous adventures over the Edge of the Wild, and Gandalf was a wise enough wizard to know it.”

11.           “I thought Fangorn was dangerous.

‘Dangerous!’ cried Gandalf. ‘And so am I, very dangerous: more dangerous than anything you will ever meet, unless you are brought alive before the seat of the Dark Lord. And Aragorn is dangerous, and Legolas is dangerous. You are beset with dangers, Gimli son of Glóin; for you are dangerous yourself, in your own fashion. Certainly the forest of Fangorn is perilous — not least to those that are too ready with their axes; and Fangorn himself, he is perilous too; yet he is wise and kindly nonetheless.”

12.           “Gandalf the Grey set out with the Company, but he did not pass the borders of this land. Now tell us where he is; for I much desired to speak with him again.”

13.           “But of Olórin that tale does not speak; for though he 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. In later days he was the friend of all the Children of Ilúvatar, and took pity on their sorrows; and those who listened to him awoke from despair and put away the imaginations of darkness.”

14.           “Where was I? O yes- I was not grabbed. I killed a goblin or two with a flash-“

“Good!” growled Beorn. “It is some good being a wizard, then.”

15.         “Yet also I should be sad,’ said Théoden, for however the fortune of war shall go, may it not so end that much that was fair and wonderful shall pass for ever out of Middle-earth?’

‘It may,’ said Gandalf. ‘The evil of Sauron cannot be wholly cured, nor made as if it had not been. But to such days we are doomed. Let us now go on with the journey we have begun!”

16.           “Do not mock powers beyond your knowledge, impudent hair-foot”

17.           “Yes, I will — two eyes, as often as I can spare them.”

18.           “The rule of no realm is mine, neither of Gondor nor any other, great or small. But all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, those are my care.”

19.           “Frodo: I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.

Gandalf: 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 to us. There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides the will of evil.”

20.           “Are you in pain, Frodo?’ said Gandalf quietly as he rode by Frodo’s side. ‘Well, yes I am,’ said Frodo. ‘It is my shoulder. The wound aches, and the memory of darkness is heavy on me. It was a year ago today.’ ‘Alas! there are some wounds that cannot be wholly cured,’ said Gandalf. ‘I fear it may be so with mine,’ said Frodo. ‘There is no real going back. Though I may come to the Shire, it will not seem the same; for I shall not be the same. I am wounded with knife, sting, and tooth, and a long burden. Where shall I find rest?’ Gandalf did not answer.”

21.         “Home is now behind you, the world is ahead!”

22.           “I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.”

23.           “Gandalf and Pippin came to Merry’s room, and there they found Aragorn standing by the bed. ‘Poor old Merry!’ cried Pippin, and he ran to the bedside, for it seemed to him that his friend looked worse and a greyness in his face, as if a weight of years and sorrow lay upon him; and suddenly a fear seized Pippin that Merry would die.

‘Do not be afraid,’ Aragorn said, ‘I came in time, and I have called him back. He is weary now, and grieved, and he has taken a hurt like the lady Eowyn, daring to smite that deadly thing. But these evils can be amended, so strong and gay a spirit is in him. His grief he will not forget; but it will not darken his heart, it will teach him wisdom.’

Then Aragorn laid his hand on Merry’s head, and passing his hand gently through the brown curls , he touched the eyelids, and called him by name. And when the fragrance of athelas stole through the room, like the scent of orchards, and of heather in the sunshine full of bees, suddenly Merry awoke, and he said:

‘I am hungry. What is the time?’

‘Past supper-time now,’ said Pippin; ‘though I daresay I could bring you something, if they will let me.’

‘They will indeed,” said Gandalf, . ‘And anything else that this Rider of Rohan may desire, if it can be found in Minas Tirith, where his name is in honour.”

‘Good!’ said Merry. ‘Then I would like supper first, and after that a pipe.”

24.           “It is mine, I tell you. My own. My precious. Yes, my precious.”

25.  “I shall have to go. But-” and here Frodo looked hard at Sam- “if you really care about me, you will have to keep that DEAD secret. See? If you don’t, if you even breathe a word of what you’ve heard here, then I hope Gandalf will turn you into a spotted toad and fill the garden full of grass snakes.”

Sam fell on his knees, trembling. “Get up, Sam!” Said Gandalf. “I have thought of something better than that. Something to keep you quiet, and punish you properly for listening. You shall go away with Mr. Frodo!”

“Me, sir!” cried Sam, springing up like a dog invited for a walk. “Me go and see Elves and all! Hooray!” he shouted, and then burst into tears.”

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30 Gandalf quotes

1. “The wise speak only of what they know, Gríma son of Gálmód. A witless worm have you become. Therefore be silent, and keep your forked tongue behind your teeth. I have not passed through fire and death to bandy words with a serving-man till the lightning falls.’ There was a roll of thunder. The sunlight became blotted out from the eastern windows; the whole hall became suddenly dark as night. The fire faded to sullen embers. Only Gandalf could be seen, standing white and tall before the blackened hearth.”

2. “All now took leave of the Lord of the City and went to rest while they still could. Outside there was a starless blackness as Gandalf, with Pippin beside him bearing a small torch, made his way to their lodging. They did not speak until they were behind closed doors. Then at last Pippin took Gandalf’s hand.

‘Tell me,’ he said, ‘is there any hope? For Frodo, I mean; or at least mostly for Frodo.’

Gandalf put his hand on Pippin’s head. ‘There never was much hope,’ he answered. ‘Just a fool’s hope, as I have been told. And when I heard of Cirith Ungol–‘ He broke off and strode to the window, as if his eyes could pierce the night in the East. ‘Cirith Ungol!’ he muttered. ‘Why that way, I wonder?’ He turned. ‘Just now, Pippin, my heart almost failed me, hearing that name. And yet in truth I believe that the news that Faramir brings has some hope in it. For it seems clear that the Enemy has opened his war at last and made the first move when Frodo was still free. So now for many days he will have his eye turned this way and that, away from his own land. And yet, Pippin, I feel from afar his haste and fear. He has begun sooner than he would. Something has happened to stir him.”

3. “Are we riding far tonight, Gandalf?” asked Merry after a while. “I don’t know how you feel with small rag-tag dangling behind you; but the rag-tag is tired and will be glad to stop dangling and lie down.”

“So you heard that?” said Gandalf. “Don’t let it rankle! Be thankful no longer words were aimed at you. He had his eyes on you. If it is any comfort to your pride, I should say that, at the moment, you and Pippin are more in his thoughts than the rest of us. Who you are; how you came here, and why; what you know; whether you were captured, and if so, how you escaped when all the orcs perished—it is with those little riddles that the great mind of Saruman is troubled. A sneer from him, Meriadoc, is a compliment, if you feel honoured by his concern.”

“Thank you!” said Merry. “But it is a greater honour to dangle at your tail, Gandalf. For one thing, in that position one has a chance of putting a question a second time. Are we riding far tonight?”

Gandalf laughed. “A most unquenchable hobbit! All wizards should have a hobbit or two in their care—to teach them the meaning of the world, and to correct them.”

4. “Gandalf!’ cried Frodo, sitting up. There was the old wizard, sitting in a chair by an open window.

‘Yes,’ he said, ‘I am here. And you are lucky to be here, too, after all the absurd things you have done since you left home.”

He was smiling, and there seemed to be little wrong with him. But to the wizard’s eye there was a faint change, just a hint as it were of transparency, about him, and especially about the left hand that lay outside upon the coverlet.”

5. “I am Gandalf, and Gandalf means me!”

6. “You take after Bilbo,’ said Gandalf. ‘There is more about you than meets the eye, as I said of him long ago.’ Frodo wondered if the remark meant more than it said”

7. “Hullo!” said Merry. “So that’s what is bothering you? Now, Pippin my lad, don’t forget Gildor’s saying—the one Sam used to quote: Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.”

“But our whole life for months has been one long meddling in the affairs of Wizards,” said Pippin. “I should like a bit of information as well as danger. I should like a look at that ball.”

“Go to sleep!” said Merry. “You’ll get information enough, sooner or later. My dear Pippin, no Took ever beat a Brandybuck for inquisitiveness; but is it this time, I ask you?”

“All right! What’s the harm in my telling you what I should like: a look at that stone? I know I can’t have it, with old Gandalf sitting on it, like a hen on an egg. But it doesn’t help much to get no more from you than a you-can’t-have-it-so-go-to-sleep!”

“Well, what else could I say?” said Merry. “I’m sorry, Pippin, but you really must wait till the morning. I’ll be as curious as you like after breakfast, and I’ll help you in any way I can at wizard-wheedling. But I can’t keep awake any longer. If I yawn any more, I shall split at the ears. Good night!”

8. “Where and what are Helm’s Deep and all the rest of it?” said Merry. “I don’t know anything about this country.”

“Then you’d best learn something, if you wish to understand what is happening,” said Gandalf. “But not just now, and not from me: I have too many pressing things to think about.”

“All right, I’ll tackle Strider at the camp-fire: he’s less testy. But why all this secrecy? I though we’d won the battle!”

9. “The trees do not like strangers. They watch you. They are usually content merely to watch you, as long as daylight lasts, and don’t do much. Occasionally the most unfriendly ones may drop a branch, or stick a root out, or grasp at you with a long trailer. But at night things can be most alarming, or so i am told.”

10.  “We cannot achieve victory by arms, but by arms we can give the Ring-bearer his only chance, frail though it be.”

11.  “Still that must be expected,’ said Gandalf to himself. ‘He is not half through yet, and to what he will come in the end not even Elrond can foretell. Not to evil, I think. He may become like a glass filled with a clear light for eyes to see that can.”

12.   “I felt that something horrible was near from the moment that my foot first touched the water,’ said Frodo. ‘What was that thing, or were there many of them?’

‘I do not know,’ answered Gandalf; ‘but the arms were all guided by one purpose. Something has crept, or has been driven out of dark waters under the mountains. There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.’ He did not speak aloud his thought that whatever it was that dwelt in the lake, it had seized upon Frodo first among all the Company.”

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

14. 

“I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old: they choose the wisest person present to speak to.”

15. 

“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.”

16.  “Something has crept, or has been driven out of dark waters under the mountains. There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.”

17. 

“I must rest here a moment, even if all the orcs ever spawned are after us.”

18.  “It may be your task to find the Cracks of Doom; but that quest may be for others: I do not know. At any rate you are not ready for that long road yet.”

19.  He is in great fear, not knowing what mighty one may suddenly appear, wielding the Ring, and assailing him with war, seeking to cast him down and take his place. That we should wish to cast him down and have no one in his place is not a thought that occurs to his mind. That we should try to destroy the Ring itself has not yet entered into his darkest dream.

20.  It is a comfort not to be mistaken at all points. Do I not know it only too well!

21.  “What a pity that Bilbo did not stab that vile creature, when he had a chance!”

“Pity? It was Pity that stayed his hand. Pity, and Mercy: not to strike without need. And he has been well rewarded, Frodo. Be sure that he took so little hurt from the evil, and escaped in the end, because he began his ownership of the Ring so. With Pity.”

22.  Let folly be our cloak, a veil before the eyes of the Enemy! For he is very wise, and weighs all things to a nicety in the scales of his malice. But the only measure that he knows is desire, desire for power; and so he judges all hearts. Into his heart the thought will not enter that any will refuse it, that having the Ring we may seek to destroy it. If we seek this, we shall put him out of reckoning.

23.  He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.

24.  “It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.”

25.  Then darkness took me, and I strayed out of thought and time, and I wandered far on roads that I will not tell. Naked I was sent back – for a brief time, until my task is done.

26.  “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.”

27.  “Deep is the abyss that is spanned by Durin’s Bridge, and none has measured it,” said Gimli.

“Yet it has a bottom, beyond light and knowledge,” said Gandalf.

28.  It is not our part here to take thought only for a season, or for a few lives of Men, or for a passing age of the world. We should seek a final end of this menace, even if we do not hope to make one.

29.  “You are wise and powerful. Will you not take the Ring?”

“No!” cried Gandalf, springing to his feet. “With that power I should have power too great and terrible. And over me the Ring would gain a power still greater and more deadly.” His eyes flashed and his face was lit as by a fire within. “Do not tempt me! For I do not wish to become like the Dark Lord himself. Yet the way of the Ring to my heart is by pity, pity for weakness and the desire of strength to do good. Do not tempt me! I dare not take it, not even to keep it safe, unused. The wish to wield it would be too great for my strength. I shall have such need of it. Great perils lie before me.”

30.  To me it would not seem that a Steward who faithfully surrenders his charge is diminished in love or in honour.

35 Gandalf quotes

1.    

“I am with you at present,” said Gandalf, “but soon I shall not be. I am not coming to the Shire. You must settle its affairs yourselves; that is what you have been trained for. Do you not yet understand? My time is over: it is no longer my task to set things to rights, nor to help folk to do so. And as for you, my dear friends, you will need no help. You are grown up now. Grown indeed very high; among the great you are, and I have no longer any fear at all for any of you.”

2. The treacherous are ever distrustful.

3. With a terrible cry the Balrog fell forward, and its shadow plunged down and vanished. But even as it fell it swung its whip, and the thongs lashed and curled about the wizard’s knees, dragging him to the brink. He staggered and fell, grasped vainly at the stone, and slid into the abyss. ‘Fly, you fools!’ he cried, and was gone.

4. “Gandalf was shorter in stature than the other two; but his long white hair, his sweeping beard, and his broad shoulders, made him look like some wise king of ancient legend. In his aged face under great snowy brows his eyes were set like coals that could suddenly burst into fire.”

5.    

“And he that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.”

6.    

“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.”

7.    

“Only a small part is played in great deeds by any hero.”

8.    

“It is wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope. Well, let folly be our cloak, a veil before the eyes of the Enemy! For he is very wise, and weighs all things to a nicety in the scales of this malice. But the only measure that he knows is desire, desire for power; and so he judges all hearts. Into his heart the thought will not enter that any will refuse it.”

9. “Yet a treacherous weapon is ever a danger to the hand.”

10. 

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “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.”

11. 

“Deserves it! I daresay he does. 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.”

12. 

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

13. 

“Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”

14. 

“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.”

15.  “Then he took out his morning letters, and began to read, pretending to take no more notice of [Gandalf]. He had decided that he was not quite his sort, and wanted him to go away. But the old man did not move.”

16.  “The counsel of Gandalf was not founded on foreknowledge of safety, for himself or for others,” said Aragorn. “There are some things that it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark.”

17.  ″‘I am old, Gandalf. I don’t look it, but I am beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts. Well-preserved indeed!’ he snorted. ‘Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can’t be right. I need a change, or something.‘”

18. 

“This is the Master-ring, the One Ring to rule them all. This is the One Ring that he lost many ages ago, to the great weakening of his power. He greatly desires it — but he must not get it.”

19. 

“The wise speak only of what they know.”

20. 

“To crooked eyes truth may wear a wry face.”

21.   

22.  “He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.”

23.  “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.”

24.  “‘I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo.

‘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.'”

25.  “I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.”

26.  Gandalf was shorter in stature than the other two; but his long white hair, his sweeping silver beard, and his broad shoulders, made him look like some wise king of ancient legend. In his aged face under great snowy brows his eyes were set like coals that could suddenly burst into fire.

27.  Deserves it! I daresay he does. 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.

28.  “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.”

29.  “It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.”

30.  “Many are the strange chances of the world,’ said Mithrandir, ‘and help oft shall come from the hands of the weak when the Wise falter.”

31.  “DON’T… TEMPT ME FRODO!”

32.  “You can learn all there is to know about their ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years they can still surprise you.”

33.  “I suppose you think that was terribly clever?”

34.  “That wound will never fully heal. He will carry it the rest of his life.”

35.  “If in doubt… always follow your nose.”

 40 Gandalf quotes

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

2.   “It’s the deep breath before the plunge.”

3.   “Send these foul beasts into the abyss.”

4.   “I’m looking for someone to share in an adventure.”

5. “It will be very good for you, and most amusing for me.”

6.   “If we are to be successful, this will need to be handled with tact, and respect, and no small degree of charm…which is why you will leave the talking to me.”

7. “All good stories deserve embellishment.”

8.   “Be silent. Keep your forked tongue behind your teeth. I did not pass through fire and death to bandy crooked words with a witless worm.”

9.   It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.

10.              But in the end it’s only a passing thing, this shadow; even darkness must pass.

11. It is not the strength of the body, but the strength of the spirit. 

12.It is useless to meet revenge with revenge: it will heal nothing.

13. Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.

14. Even the smallest person can change the course of history. 

15. There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for. 

16.A hunted man sometimes wearies of distrust and longs for friendship. 

17. Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere. 

18.              It is a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing… such a little thing.

19.He that breaks a thing to find out what it is, has left the path of wisdom. 

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

21.Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.

 22.             It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succor of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till.

23.              Many are the strange chances of the world, and help oft shall come from the hands of the weak when the wise falter.

 24.              The burned hand teaches best. After that advice about fire goes to the heart.

 25.              Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.

 26.              Torment in the dark was the danger that I feared, and it did not hold me back.

27.              Who knows? Have patience. Go where you must go, and hope!

28.             It is not despairing, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not!

29.              Maybe the paths that you each shall tread are already laid before your feet, though you do not see them.

 30.             Memory is not what the heart desires. That is only a mirror.

31. I will not say: do not weep for not all tears are an evil.

32.              It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.

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

34.              I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old: they choose the wisest person present to speak to; the long explanations needed by the young are wearying.

35.              He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.

36.              Fly, you fools.

37.              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.

38.             “Where did you go to, if I may ask?” said Thorin to Gandalf as they rode along.

39.              “To look ahead,” said he.

40.             “And what brought you back in the nick of time?”

45 Gandalf quotes

1.  (singing) The road goes ever on and on / Down from the door where it began / Now far ahead the road has gone / And I must follow if I can…

2.  A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.

3.  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. All your long years we’ve been friends. Trust me as you once did. Let it go.

4.  musing on the Ring) Riddles in the Dark. My precious.

5.  Bilbo’s Ring. He’s gone to stay with the Elves. He’s left you Bag End. Along with all his possessions. [Seals the ring in an envelope] The ring is yours now. Keep it secret. Keep it safe.

6.  of the inscription on the Ring)In the Common tongue it says, “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.”

7.  The Ring has awoken. It’s heard its master’s call.

8.  The spirit of Sauron endured. His life force is bound to the Ring, and the Ring survived. Sauron has returned. His Orcs have multiplied. His fortress of Barad-dûr is rebuilt in the land of Mordor. Sauron needs only this Ring to cover all the lands in a second darkness. He is seeking it… seeking it and all his thought is bent on it. For the Ring yearns above all else, to return to the hand of its master. They are one; the Ring and the Dark Lord. Frodo… he must never find it.

9.  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.

10.           My dear Frodo. Hobbits really are amazing creatures. You can learn all that there is to know about them in a month, and yet after a hundred years, they can still surprise you.

11.           Always remember, Frodo, the Ring is trying to get back to its master. It wants to be found.

12.           One Ring to rule them all, one Ring to find them, one Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them!

13.           There are older, and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.

14.           (reading the last words of Balin) They have taken the Bridge, and the Second Hall. We have barred the gates, but cannot hold them for long. The ground shakes. Drums, drums in the deep. We cannot get out. Shadow moves in the dark. We cannot get out. They are coming.

15.           [Pippin knocks a skeleton down a well, creating a huge clatter] Fool of a Took! Throw yourself in next time and rid us of your stupidity!

16.           Lead them on, Aragorn. The Bridge is near. Do as I say! Swords are no more use here.

17.           I am a servant of the secret fire, wielder of the Flame of Anor! The Dark fire will not avail you, Flame of Udûn! Go back to the Shadow! YOU… SHALL NOT… PASS!!!

18.           There is only one lord of the rings. And he does not share power!

19.           [Last words] Fly, you fools!

20.           “Mind if I join you?”

21.           “I should introduce myself. My name is Gandalf. Gandalf the Grey.”

22.           “I urged him to march upon Erebor, to rally the seven armies of the dwarves. To destroy the dragon and take back the Lonely Mountain, and I would say the same to you. Take back your homeland.

23.           “It is Black Speech. A promise of payment”

24.           “No, it is not. The Lonely Mountain troubles me, Thorin. That dragon has sat there long enough, sooner or later darker minds will turn towards Erebor. I ran into some unsavory characters whilst traveling along the Greenway. They mistook me for a vagabond.”

25.           “Did they see you? They saw you.”

26.           “Good, what did I tell you? Quite as a mouse. Excellent burglar material.”

27.           “Neither. He will help us or he will kill us.”

28.           “Don’t be a fool. He’s under no enchantment but his own. His name is Beorn, he’s a skin-changer. Sometimes he’s a huge black bear, sometimes he’s a great strong man. The bear is unpredictable, but the man can be reasoned with. However, he is not over fond of dwarves.”

29.           “Alright now, get some sleep all of you. You’ll be safe here tonight.”

30.           “I hope.”

31.           “Before Durin’s Day falls, yes.”

32.           “Which is why we must go through Mirkwood.”

33.           “The Elven Gate. Here lies our path through Mirkwood.”

34.           “I would not do this unless I had to.”

35.           “You’ve changed, Bilbo Baggins. You’re not the same hobbit as the one who left the Shire.”

36.           “Found what? What did you find?”

37.           “Good. Well, that’s good. You’ll need it.”

38.           “I’ll be waiting for you at the overlook, before the slopes of Erebor. Keep the map and key safe. Do not enter that mountain without me.”

39.           “If he had a name, it’s long since been lost. He would’ve been known only as a servant of evil. One of a number. One of nine.”

40.           “I started this, I cannot forsake them. They are in grave danger.”

41.           “As it is meant to. A spell of concealment lies over this place. Which means our enemy is not yet ready to reveal himself. He has not regained his full strength. Radagast, I need you to carry a message to the Lady Galadriel. Tell her, we must force his hand.”

42.           “Do I have your word?”

43.           “I’m going in alone. On no account come after me.”

44.            “No matter what may come, stay on the path!”

45.  It is a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing… such a little thing.

50 Gandalf quotes

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

2. “It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” – Gandalf

3. “I’m looking for someone to share in an adventure.” – Gandalf

4. “Well, all good stories deserve embellishment.” – Gandalf

5. “Many are the strange chances of the world, and help oft shall come from the hands of the weak when the wise falter.” – Gandalf 

6. “Pity? It was Pity that stayed his hand. Pity, and Mercy: not to strike without need. And he has been well rewarded, Frodo. Be sure that he took so little hurt from the evil, and escaped in the end, because he began his ownership of the Ring so. With Pity.” – Gandalf 

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

8. “You can learn all there is to know about their ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years they can still surprise you.” – Gandalf

9. “Generous deed should not be checked by cold counsel.” – Gandalf 

10. “…remember this: true courage is about knowing not when to take a life, but when to spare one.” – Gandalf

11. “If we are to be successful, this will need to be handled with tact, and respect, and no small degree of charm…which is why you will leave the talking to me.” – Gandalf 

12. “Go back to the shadow. You shall not pass!” – Gandalf

13. “For I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old: they choose the wisest person present to speak to; the long explanations needed by the young are wearying.” – Gandalf 

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

15. “The burned hand teaches best. After that advice about fire goes to the heart.” – Gandalf

16. “Fight! Fight to the last man! Fight for your lives!” – Gandalf

17. “Be silent. Keep your forked tongue behind your teeth. I did not pass through fire and death to bandy crooked words with a witless worm.” – Gandalf

18. “Fly, you fools!” – Gandalf 

19. “The board is set. The pieces are moving.” – Gandalf 

20. “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.” – Gandalf 

21. “The world is not in your books and maps. It’s out there.” – Gandalf

22. “Who knows? Have patience. Go where you must go, and hope!” – Gandalf

23. “You’ve been sitting quietly for far too long!” – Gandalf

24. “He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.” – Gandalf

25. “Don’t underestimate the evil of gold.” – Gandalf

26. “If you wish to change the weather of the world, you should find yourself another wizard.” – Gandalf

27. ” I think there’s more to this Hobbit than meets the eye.” – Gandalf

28. “A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.” – Gandalf

29. “Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.” – Gandalf

30. “It is in Men that we must place our hope.” – Gandalf

31. “Death is just another path, one that we all must take.” – Gandalf

32. “Oh, it’s quite simple. If you are a friend, you speak the password, and the doors will open.” – Gandalf

33. “You will have to do without pocket handkerchiefs, and a great many other things, before we reach our journey’s end, Bilbo Baggins. You were born to the rolling hills and little rivers of the Shire, but home is now behind you. The world is ahead.” – Gandalf

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

35. “It’s the best news I have had since midsummer: it’s worth a gold piece at the least. May your beer be laid under an enchantment of surpassing excellence for seven years!” – Gandalf

36. “I am Gandalf, and Gandalf means me.” – Gandalf

37. “We must trust now in Frodo. Everything depends now upon speed and upon the secrecy of his quest. Do not regret your decision to leave him. Frodo must finish this task alone.” – Gandalf

38. ” I did not give you that map and key for you to hold on to the past.” – Gandalf

39. “If he had a name, it’s long since been lost. He would’ve been known only as a servant of evil. One of a number.” – Gandalf

40. “I think you should leave the ring behind, Bilbo. Is that so hard?” – Gandalf

41. “There are older, and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.” – Gandalf

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

43. “He was strong in life. His spirit will find the way to the halls of your fathers.” – Gandalf

44. “You must settle its affairs yourselves; that is what you have been trained for. Do you not yet understand? My time is over: it is no longer my task to set things to rights, nor to help folk to do so. And as for you, my dear friends, you will need no help. You are grown up now. Grown indeed very high; among the great you are, and I have no longer any fear at all for any of you” – Gandalf

45. “Do as I say! Swords are no more use here.” – Gandalf 

46. “There is only one lord of the rings. And he does not share power!” – Gandalf 

47. “Darkness took me, and I strayed out of thought and time… The stars wheeled overhead, and every day was as long as a life age of the earth… But it was not the end. I felt life in me again. I’ve been sent back until my task is done.” – Gandalf

48. “Oh… you would not part an old man from his walking stick?” – Gandalf

49. “If in doubt… Always follow your nose.” – Gandalf 

50. “What did I tell you?” said Gandalf laughing. “Mr. Baggins has more about him than you guess.” He gave Bilbo a queer look from under his bushy eyebrows, as he said this, and the hobbit wondered if he guessed at the part of his tale that he had left out.”

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Conclusions 

Despite being a fierce warrior and a high-minded wizard, Gandalf retains a sense of humanness that is refreshingly comforting.

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Nadejda Romanciuc

Nadejda Romanciuc holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a diploma in Addiction studies. She is part of the Romanian Association of Integrative Psychotherapy as a psychotherapist under supervision. She's practicing online counselling for over two years and is a strong advocate for mental health.