(Pt. 1) The wisest of the Maiar, Gandalf was created by Ilúvatar before the Music of the Ainur. At the beginning of Time, he was amongst the Ainur who entered into Eä. Here he became one of the Maiar of Manwë, Varda, Irmo and Nienna named Olórin. He was associated with light and fire, much like his peer Varda. Yet his ways often took him to Nienna, from whom he learned pity and patience.
He loved the Elves but he walked unseen among them, or wore a fana that appeared like an Elf, and sent them fair visions in their hearts that made them wiser. Like Nienna, he took pity on the sorrows of the Children of Ilúvatar and drove those who listened to him out of despair.
During the Third Age, while Sauron's 'dark spirit of malice' was increasing over Middle-earth, the Valar chose five emissaries from among the Maiar to go and help the peoples. Manwë selected Olórin, who, at first, did not wish to go, as he feared Sauron. However, Manwë said that that was all the more reason why he should go. Furthermore, the One Ring, the location of much of Sauron's power, presumably still existed somewhere in Middle-earth.
Olórin submitted to the will of Manwë, and departed Valinor to Mithlond in the year T.A. 1000. He arrived after the others, Curumo, Aiwendil, Pallando, and Alatar, at about the same time the Necromancer appeared in Mirkwood. #lotr #tolkien #wizard #elf #gandalf #lordoftherings #tolkien #silmarillion