Turgon writes: For World Book Day (March 3rd), the Independent (UK) invited 100 “leading lights of British letters” to name the characters who give them the most reading pleasure. One writer picked Tolkien’s Gandalf:

Gandalf chosen by Mary Hoffman (Stravaganza City of Flowers)
JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings boasts the best white wizard in fiction – not morally ambiguous or neutral like Merlin, but not infallible either. Always wise when present and strangely comforting even when predicting doom and destruction.

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