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Poll: Many names of Gandalf

Which of the many names of Gandalf do you find the most interesting?

You can vote either based on the sounding of a name, based on its meaning, or both. Some of these names have only appeared in J.R.R. Tolkien's books, and not in adaptations.

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    Ian McKellen in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

    OLORIN

    Meaning: DREAM or VISION or CONSTRUCTION OF THE MIND

    History: Olorin was Gandalf's original name in the Undying Lands, before he was sent to Middle-earth; it could be a reference to his higher purpose in life

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    Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

    MITHRANDIR

    Meaning: GREY PILGRIM or GREY WANDERER

    History: he was called Mithrandir by the Elves, and the Men of Gondor; it's a reference to his constant travels, and his grey clothes

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    Ian McKellen in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

    GANDALF

    Meaning: STAFF ELF

    History: most people in the Northern lands called him Gandalf, because they incorrectly believed that he was an old Elf with a staff

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    Ian McKellen in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

    THARKUN

    Meaning: STAFF MAN or GREY MAN

    History: Tharkun was Gandalf's name among the Dwarves, because he carried a staff and wore grey robes

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    Ian McKellen in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

    INCANUS

    Meaning: in different languages, it can mean either NORTH SPY or MIND RULER or GREY MANTLE

    History: people of Harad called him the North Spy, because they thought Gandalf was a spy from Gondor; Mind Ruler can refer to his wisdom; Grey Mantle is a reference to his grey robes

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    Ian McKellen in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

    GREYHAME

    Meaning: GREY CLOAK

    History: the people of Rohan called him Greyhame, because he wore a grey cloak

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

    WHITE RIDER

    Meaning: literal meaning

    History: the nickname was created by Aragorn, when Gandalf the White started riding a mighty horse Shadowfax; he was then being referred to as the White Rider by Aragorn, Pippin and the Rohirrim; the name itself presents a counter to the Black Riders (Nazgul)

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    Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, and Orlando Bloom in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

    STORMCROW

    Meaning: BAD OMEN

    History: the people of Rohan thought Gandalf was bad luck, because his arrivals in their land were often followed by troublesome events

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    Ian McKellen and Bernard Hill in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

    LATHSPELL

    Meaning: ILL NEWS (ill = bad, evil)

    History: Grima Wormtongue tried to turn King Theoden against Gandalf, by saying his coming brings bad tidings to Rohan, therefore naming him Lathspell

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    Ian McKellen in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

    ENEMY OF SAURON

    Meaning: literal meaning

    History: after Sauron's defeat, Gandalf named himself the Enemy of Sauron; it represents his purpose, because he was sent to Middle-earth by the Valar (gods) to contest the power of Sauron, and he succeeded