Essay: The Unexpected Origins of Gandalf and the Dwarves

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Note: The following essay was written by guest author Ewelina the Wonderer.

The Unexpected Origins
– J.
R. R. Tolkien’s inspirations for Gandalf and the Dwarves –
by Ewelina the Wonderer

HobbitIt began…

Well, it began as you might expect – with long-forgotten languages J. R. R. Tolkien was so deeply fond of. Among the numerous sources of his linguistic inspirations, which attentive travelers are likely to encounter throughout the familiar Middle-Earth landscape, one language in particular had its share in creating one of the most recognizable wizards in the history of contemporary literature – Gandalf the Grey.

“Many are my names in many countries, he said. Mithrandir among the Elves, Tharkûn to the Dwarves; Olórin I was in my youth in the West that is forgotten, in the South Incánus, in the North Gandalf; to the East I go not.” – Gandalf, “The Lord of…

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