In both Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, Gandalf plays a key role in deciding the future of Middle-earth. But is he a commander? A leader? A mentor? A warrior?

These are some of the questions we’ll explore in Hall of Fire tomorrow as we explore the topic: Gandalf: wizard, warrior, white rider.

What does his wandering nature say about his character? That he befriends Hobbits (seemingly insignificant in the greater battle)? That being overlooked for leadership of the White Council bothers him not at all?

That he puts himself in mortal jeopardy to save others? And that he can see that the solution to large problems (Saruron, Smaug) lie not in mighty armies or the feats of elven lords, but in the actions of shire-folk arising to shake the towers and counsels of the great?

Is he a reassuring presence when things are grim? Or as Theoden calls him, is he a Stormcrow? A bearer of ill tidings? How much is his character affected by the fact he is the bearer of Narya, the elven ring of fire? And what don’t we know about him?

Join us tomorrow (Saturday September 3 at 6pm EDT) in #thehalloffire on when we’ll discuss these questions and many others as we look talk about Ganfalf: wizard, warrior, white rider.

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