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!
In episode 259, we sit down once again with Carl Hostetter, editor of the latest volume of JRR Tolkien’s writings, The Nature of Middle-earth. We focus our attention on Appendix I: Metaphysical and Theological Themes. Join us!
https://youtu.be/_-raTHS7vWs We are delighted to welcome Carl Hostetter to The Tolkien Road! Carl is the editor of the forthcoming book The Nature of Middle-earth, the