Gandalf is an intelligent sorcerer who comes to the middle-earth. His sole mission is to motivate and help the inhabitants to resist the repressive rule of Sauron.
To bring down Sauron’s control, Gandalf first seeks to understand where Sauron gets his power from and then proceeds to use his wit in dismantling Sauron’s command. When executing his task, Gandalf has to avoid seeking self-gain or glory.
The inquisitive nature of Gandalf makes him travel to Mirkwood in the 11OO when the sorcerers worry that the wicked power there could be Sauron. In the same breath, upon learning that Bilbo has the magic ring, he tries to find out how he got it.
He’s a team player and takes part in forming the white council with Saruman as the head. The fact that he is okay with Saruman being in charge tells us that he is submissive.
As Gandalf is investigative and, at times, secretive, he returns to Dol Guldur incognito. He manages to get from Thrain a map of the solitary mountain plus a key to its secret door. Also, he unravels that the power of Sauron is in the magic ring. Similarly, he establishes that the magic ring that Bilbo has is the one that Sauron is looking for to regain his power. Also, he learns that Bilbo got the magic ring from Gollum.
Moreover, he gets to know that Gollum was at one time a Hobbit-like individual known as Smeagol. Smeagol then murders his close associate Deagol to get the magic ring. Smeagol then hides in the foggy mountain for many years before Bilbo confronts him and takes the magic ring.
Besides, Gandalf’s mobilization skills are evident when he and Thorin Oakenshield mobilize some dwarves and a hobbit to fight off Sauron successfully.
Gandalf turns out to be suspicious of others; this manifests itself when Bilbo is unable to explain how he escaped from his captors in the lonely mountain or how he got the magic ring. Similarly, when Gandalf hears that Gollum is guiding Bilbo to go and dump the magic ring into the sea, he’s afraid that he might turn against Bilbo.
Being a sharp-witted wizard, Gandalf convinces Saruman and Galadriel that they form a white council to confront Sauron’s rule.
Gandalf is also generous and moves around sometimes concealed to share his vast knowledge with others like Bilbo and Saruman.
Also, Gandalf is an affectionate character, and this comes out when he shows his soft spot for Bolbit out of the other hobbits.
Gandalf is adventurous and cunning, and we see this when he successfully devises a way to make Bilbo join him for adventure on the solitary mountain.
As a brave and protective character, we see him several times defending and rescuing his colleagues from the enemies like the Orcs.
Gandalf is helpful and a motivator to the Hobbits in their pursuit to topple Sauron from power. For instance, he defends them severally when they come under the attack of Sauron’s army and inspires them to move ahead.
Interestingly, Gandalf is selfless. When Bilbo attempts to give him a magic ring for safekeeping or when Galadriel recommends that he heads the white council, he turns down the offer. On the other hand, his refusal to lead the white committee brings him out as an independent character who doesn’t want to swear his allegiance to anyone. Instead, he prefers to stick to his sole mission in the Middle-earth of motivating and helping the people to overcome Sauron’s rule.
Gandalf is a master strategist, For instance when he investigates and learns that the power of Sauron is in the magic ring. He cleverly devises a way of keeping the magic ring away from Sauron. He makes way for Bilbo, who is the carrier of the magic ring, to move through the lonely mountain without falling into the hands of Sauron’s forces. Also, he cleverly crafts the downfall of Sauron by advising the white council that they ultimately damage the magic ring and throw it into the sea. By doing so, Gandalf denies Sauron his source of power. Therefore Gandalf was the best gift to the people of Middle –earth.