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yep, I was only focusing on the films in my analysis...

weaver
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Oct 10 2012, 3:04am


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yep, I was only focusing on the films in my analysis... [In reply to] Can't Post

Where's Darkstone when we need him? He would have much to say about Book Gandalf being pointier than the round and huggy guy we got in the films!

Bookwise, I'd say that Gandalf the Grey reminds me of guy put in charge of a project who is rather obsessive about it -- he's continually monitoring everything, checking on people, correcting things, reminding people that they haven't achieved the goal yet, upset when he lets the team down by falling for Saruman's trap, always looking for how he needs to remake the puzzle as new things fall into place, etc. He's like a new manager of a department in someways, who takes his job very seriously.

Gandalf the White seems more relaxed on some levels -- laughing more, spending time talking to Merry and Pippin, and certainly there are plenty of references to him being "lighter" (!). Things are still touch and go, but since he's "passed his test" by trusting that his death would not mean the end of the quest, he's less worried about his own role and more able to support and help everyone else.

I think the films do a pretty good job of showing us the things the book tells us about Gandalf, I guess. We can't get inside his head, or inside the heads of the other characters as they observe/think about him, so they had to give us something to see instead. Book Gandalf would probably never have danced at a Hobbit party, or hugged Book Frodo, of course, but that was one way of showing how he felt, on the inside, about the Shire in general and Frodo in particular.

Weaver


Subject User Time
Gandalf The Grey Versus The White JWPlatt Oct 8 2012, 2:28am
    About Gandy- Ring-Bearer Send a private message to Ring-Bearer Oct 8 2012, 2:57am
    The difference is pretty obvious imo. Spaldron Send a private message to Spaldron Oct 8 2012, 2:48pm
        Specifics JWPlatt Oct 8 2012, 5:40pm
            In Merry's own words (fro the books): Túrin_Turambar Send a private message to Túrin_Turambar Oct 9 2012, 2:47am
    More hasty Lausus Send a private message to Lausus Oct 8 2012, 10:18pm
    Not all knowing versus enlightened... weaver Send a private message to weaver Oct 9 2012, 4:10am
        Well said, Weaver! Ring-Bearer Send a private message to Ring-Bearer Oct 9 2012, 4:17am
            Seconded! FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Oct 9 2012, 10:07am
                yep, I was only focusing on the films in my analysis... weaver Send a private message to weaver Oct 10 2012, 3:04am
                    I miss him too... FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Oct 10 2012, 11:22am
                        I like your "promotion" analogy... weaver Send a private message to weaver Oct 11 2012, 3:22am
            glad you got past all my typos! weaver Send a private message to weaver Oct 10 2012, 3:06am
        Both Grey and White insult Pippin stoutfiles Send a private message to stoutfiles Oct 10 2012, 12:45pm
            agreed... weaver Send a private message to weaver Oct 11 2012, 3:18am
    I din´t see that either Mr. Arkenstone (isaac) Send a private message to Mr. Arkenstone (isaac) Oct 9 2012, 2:04pm
    I always find the most striking difference between the two Elenorflower Send a private message to Elenorflower Oct 10 2012, 3:31pm

 
 
 

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