How old is Gandalf?

  • In the Lord of The Rings trilogy, does anyone know how old Gandalf is? I remember reading that Gandalf was much older than he looked. Do the books ever say how old he is?

    Can you be more specific? Gandalf is a maia so he has existed since before the world, he aided in the creation of the world, actually, so are you asking how old is he or how long has he been in middle earth?;ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=how%20old%20is%20gandalf

    Older than the world, or even the universe.

    @IamVeryCuriousIndeed - but if you hadn't read the books (is it in the books? Or do you need to read The Silmarillion etc?) you wouldn't know that Gandalf was a maia. You would just think of him as a wizard. Nor would the fact that he could default a balrog be especially significant, as one would just think that's a big, flaming-whip wielding orc-like thing.

  • Morgan

    Morgan Correct answer

    7 years ago

    Gandalf is a Maia (Spirit), created by Eru among the other Ainur before the Years of the Lamps roughly 9,000+ years before arriving in Middle-earth. In Valinor he was known as Olórin. He was sent to Middle-earth in human form around the year 1000 in the Third Age. That's more than 2000 years before the setting of The Lord of the Rings, to help the free peoples fight the evil of Sauron.

    Gandalf walked in Middle-earth for approximately 2,019 years, un-aging and appearing as a grey bearded human of about 60 years old or so. He was around long before Middle-earth was created and before the Years of the Lamps. He, Saruman and Sauron are approximately the same age - give or take. It's difficult to pin down his true age because time had little relevance before the Lamps were set in place. 11,000 years old is a minimum figure. He's likely much older.

    Timeline - Tolkien Gateway - Years of the Lamps

    But isn't he referred to as "YOUNG Master Gandalf" by Treebeard in the Two Towers film? The ent must be older than Gandalf or at least Gandalf's human form.

    @TK-421 -He's referring to Gandalf's meager 2,000 years walking Middle Earth in 'human' form. Treebeard, also known as Fangorn, is much older than those 2,000 years but much younger than Olórin (Gandalf).

    @TK-421 - Letter 153: "Treebeard is a character in my story, not me; and though he has a great memory and some earthy wisdom, he is not one of the Wise, and there is quite a lot he does not know or understand".

    Gandalf does age during his days in middle earth

    This answer is incorrect. Gandalf pre-dates the years of the lamps.

    If i read the timeline correctly, then Gandalf/Olorin is well over 48000 solar years in age. by comparison, Galadriel is something like 13000 years old

    There is NO way to tell how much time (if you can even think of it as time) passed between the time Eru created the Ainur and the music, the creation of Eä, and the Valar/Maiar's entry into it.

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