In Honor of Ian McKellen’s Last Day on ‘The Hobbit,’ Here Are Our Favorite Gandalf Moments

By June 28, 2013

Back in 1999, Peter Jackson shared his vision of The Lord Of The Rings, based on the worldwide smash novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.

And the world was never the same.

Not only did Jackson lovingly and painstakingly create a Middle Earth that would make the most discerning fan squee with joy, he also made sure the same care was given to casting the right people for the job; one of those being the great Sir Ian McKellen as quite possibly the most beloved character of all, Gandalf The Grey/Gandalf The White – wizard and mentor to The Fellowship Of The Ring and beyond.

And with a recently posted picture Jackson posted of he and McKellen (after McKellen wrapped on the final installment to The Hobbit trilogy, There And Back Again), the end of an era has arrived.

But before we the people say goodbye to Gandalf and all the people of Middle Earth come 2014, I’ve put together a few of my favorite Gandalf moments. Hope you have tissue handy, because it’s gonna get you in the feels.

Gandalf vs BalrogLOTR: The Fellowship Of The Ring

This was an important moment because not only does The Fellowship lose their trusted leader, this was a turning point for Legolas the elf. As elves don’t have emotions nor do they comprehend them, Legolas found himself confused at the grief yet somehow grieving a bit himself –  like the time Spock cried.


Every time he says “Fly, you fools!” I cry like I just stubbed my toes on the nightstand.

Gandalf The Grey vs. Saruman The WhiteLOTR: The Fellowship Of The Ring

Man oh man! Two classically trained powerhouses in Ian McKellen and Christopher Lee beating the crap out of each other is quite possibly, as Jeff The Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons would say “Best. Wizard fight. EVER”


Gandalf and Pippin LOTR: The Return Of The King

As war comes upon them and Pippin is filled with a quiet despair, Gandalf comforts him in a way that only he can.


Top 10 Gandalf Quotes

Everything Gandalf says is prophetic and YouTuber ForGondor01 compiles some of the best nuggets just for you!


Gandalf, Frodo and Bilbo depart for The Grey HavensLOTR: The Return Of The King

Okay, not gonna lie – I never cried so hard in my LIFE as I did when Merry, Pippin and Sam realize that it’s not just Gandalf who’s leaving (never to return) which is sad in its own right but it’s Gandalf’s last words that start the waterworks.


Gahhhh it’s so happy yet so sad!!!

When McKellen stepped into the role, he was 59. Now 74, saying goodbye to Gandalf is a bittersweet moment for all involved, with Jackson saying “Seconds ago we finished our last shot with Gandalf. The end of an incredible adventure that began in 1999. I’m feeling very sad right now.”

Trust me, Peter…so are we. Farewell, old friend.

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Cricket Lee
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