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Protesting in advance to the notion of Galadriel carrying Gandalf like a babe in arms, as though she were an angel of mercy.
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Jan 12 2013, 9:08pm

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LOTR-Council of Elrond he is shorter than Elrond & Glorfindel although this does not neccessarily make him short [In reply to] Can't Post

UT-The Istari, he is descibed as "...who seemed the least, less tall than the others, and in looks more aged,...."

The History of the Hobbit-Bladorthin ii, Later in life Tolkien Described Gandalf the Grey as " a figure strongly built with broad shoulders, though shorter than the average of men and now stooped with age..." "...Gandalf even bent must have been at least 5'6" ....Which would make him a short man even in modern England, especially with the reduction of bent back."

All quotes Tolkien.

This later writing also refutes an earlier posters comment about Gandalf not being masculine with the words "strongly built with broad shoulders", sounds pretty masculine to me.

(This post was edited by ElendilTheShort on Jan 12 2013, 9:11pm)

The Shire

Jan 13 2013, 8:54pm

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Galadriel vs The Istari [In reply to] Can't Post

It's conceivable that Galadriel was more or less on par with the istari - but I'm guessing she was a notch below Saruman and Gandalf the grey - and very likely that they viewed each other as equals. In any case, she was probably superior in some ways and inferior in others. There are several examples of high-elves surpassing more potent beings. Sauron could not have made the palantiri and even the Valar could not have created the Silmarilli. Could the wizards have replicated Galadriel's mirror? Or captured the light of Eärendil?

There's reason to believe Galadriel was more perceptive than they were. She saw the darkness in Saruman, while Gandalf and Radagast apparently did not. Gandalf spent months with Boromir, but could not sense his desire for the one ring, whereas Galadriel knew the first time she laid eyes on him. She knew Gandalf was in trouble when he fell in Moria and sensed his return. She perceived the dark lord's mind concerning the elves, but he could not perceive hers.

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