Thursday, February 17, 2011
Gandalf: Grey vs. White
Today in class, a slight comparison/contrast was brought up concerning Gandalf the White and Gandalf the Grey. For instance, when those who wrote a different scenario for the scene when Gandalf leaves the host of Rohirrim to fight the battle at Helm's Deep for themselves, some proposed that had Gandalf stayed with them, he would have still been, in a way, "Gandalf the Grey" - the one who sticks around and saves the day. (that rhymed! :) He does return at the last minute during the battle to block the escape of the remaining orcs, but I think there's something to explore there between the "old" and "new" Gandalf.
With the addition of Shadowfax (a.k.a. the best horse in Middle-earth) and possibly even the symbolism surrounding his new, shiny WHITE robes, I think that Gandalf the White is a much more powerful force for those on the "good side," but also - possibly - more sparing in his supernatural aid. What do you all think?