posted on Dec, 2 2003 @ 07:29 PM
Yes, he is a wizard, but that is not a race. Gandalf is an Ainu, he was there before Arda was created and he entered Arda in the company of 4 other
Wizards... and they are the order of the Istari. Saruman, Radagast, Alatar and Pallando was also of that order. In the beginning Eru, or Iluvatar as
he was called by the Elves created the Ainu out of his thoughts, he presented for them themes of music and out of their songs he created Ea, the
world. The most powerful of the Ainu was the Valar.. and most powerful of the Valar was Melkor... who became the first lord of Darkness when he defied
Iluvatar and tried to take Arda as his own kingdom. Melkor was later not accounted among the Valar and his name was never uttered on Arda, and Melkor
was called Morgoth. Of the Ainu was also the Maiar, the lesser Ainu... they where greater in number, and each one of them served a ainu of higher
power, a Vala. Powerful was the Maiar, but not as powerful as the Valar. Manwe was Melkors brother in the thoughts of Iluvatar, and though Melkor was
more powerful and had more knowledge than all the other Ainu, Iluvatar liked Manwe the most... and therefore he made Manwe king of Arda. Gandalf was a
Maia of teh valar Manwe and Varda, and of all the lesser Ainu he was the one with the most Wisdom. Saruman was a Maia of the Valar Aule, and so was
Sauron also actually. Aule was truthful to Iluvatar, but Melkor waged war against the other Ainu and he lured some of the lesser Ainu over to his own
side... and one of these was Sauron. He gave Sauron many powers and Sauron became his right hand, and after Melkor was cast into the void after the
War of Wrath Sauron became the true Lord Of Darkness. The Balrogs are also Maiar who where lured to "the dark side" by Melkor in the elder days.
So, Gandalf is actually of the same race as the gods of the world, and he is a Maiar, just like Sauron and the Balrog he fought in Moria.
Probably a bit hard to understand after such a quick explanation, but if you read the Silmarillion (something you should), you will understand.
So, to sum up: Gandalf is an Ainu, a Maiar of the Valar Manwe and his spouse Varda and is basically a lesser god. Gandalf's real name is Olorin and
he came to Middle Earth as a wizard of the Istari order together with four other of his kind, when thousand years of the third age had passed (as
[Edited on 11-12-2003 by AntiSystem]