The Tolkien Road

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What did Gandalf REALLY Look Like?

When we think of Gandalf, most of us picture Ian McKellan with a bushy white beard dressed in long grey robes and a tall grey hat (thanks to Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth films).

But what did Tolkien say Gandalf looked like?

In the new book The Nature of Middle-earth, Tolkien reacts to the illustrations of artist Pauline Baynes, and sets the record straight on exactly what Gandalf looked like in his mind’s eye.

How does the McKellan / Jackson version of Gandalf compare? 

Watch the video to find out!


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