Why Gandalf (Probably) Isn't in the Rings of Power Series

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Published on 26 Feb 2022, 15:05
The first teaser trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is already inviting a huge amount of fan speculation. And perhaps no shot in that teaser is more fascinating and perplexing than the one showing a Hobbit-like Harfoot locked arm-in-arm with a mysterious, burning man. Who is this character, and what's with all the fire?

A number of fans are even wondering if this could be a young Gandalf. After all, if Amazon's Rings of Power is giving us younger versions of LotR icons like Galadriel and Elrond, why not everyone's favorite wandering wizard? Unfortunately, we're here to explain why Gandalf probably won't be showing up in The Rings of Power. Let's crack open some fictional history books...

The idea behind this Young Gandalf in Rings of Power theory seems to be this - the trailer scene in question is showing Gandalf having just crashed down from the heavens into Middle-earth. No sooner does he land than he's greeted by a Harfoot character.

But based on what author J.R.R. Tolkien wrote in his various Lord of the Rings appendices and certain posthumous releases, we know Gandalf, Saruman and their fellow wizards are beings called Maiar, immortal beings in service to the Valar (basically the angels of this universe). Gandalf and his kind have existed in one form or another since before the dawn of recorded history, but he only takes mortal form after being sent to Middle-earth to confront the threat of Sauron...

For our full explanation of why Gandalf probably isn't in the Lord of the Rings TV show, watch the full video!

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