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 Post subject: Was Gandalf a Valar?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:40 am 
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I believe a mistake was made by Christopher Tolkien. I always thought Gandalf a maiar from reading the sillmarillion as Olórin was a Maiar. However, of course , our sillmarillion was not published by J.R.R Tolkien but Christopher and I believe Tolkien left us with the idea of two separate olorins in Valinor. And after reading unfinished Tales [Post LOTR writing/essays on the istari] I think J.R.R left the question open but also indicated Gandalf was valar I think his power justified that position as well.

“They [Valar] sent members of their own high order [the istari], but clad in bodies as of men.”
-Unfinished Tales the Istari

This above passage of could perhaps be understood as a maiar as the same order as valar but it seems to go against the text. That in fact is how Christopher understood it to mean valar. Christopher noticed this “mistake” of Gandalf being a valar. Yet it came from later Tolkien writings [post lotr] and Christopher's counter and proof it was a “mistake” was his version of the published sillmarillion. Than we have this text making a better case

“it is said in the latter days it was believed by many of the “faithful” that Gandalf was the last appearance of Manwë himself”
-Unfinished tales the Istari

The argument of course that Gandalf was a maiar comes from his identification as Olórin. However even here does not prove him a maiar.

“That Gandalf said that his name “in the west” had been Olórin was, according to this belief, the adoption of an Incognito, a mere by name. I do not [of course] know the truth of the matter.”
-Unfinished tales


Thus I think Tolkien left it open to what order Gandalf was but I think indicated he was a valar.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:17 am 
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Did Doug Kane have anything to say about this in his book on The Sil’s creation?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:48 pm 
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No, because there really isn't any real argument that Gandalf was one of the Valar, not one of the Maiar (at least Gandalf the Grey; there certainly is an argument that when Gandalf was returned by Eru Ilúvatar his position was "elevated").

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Thank you.

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Middle Earth Conspiracy Theory Gandalf was Manwë


I still need to read The Peoples of Middle-Earth before i make a conclusion. But i thought of a conspiracy theory. What if Gandalf was indeed Manwë. Manwë asked Olórin to go and Olórin was scarred and Manwë said it was the more reason he should go. But either Olórin refused or because he was scarred, Manwë stepped in and became Gandalf but because he wished not to reveal who he was [most well known and powerful valar besides morgoth and the purpose was to help the free people not fight for them as they would wish if they knew it was he] he used the incognito name of Olórin since he was his desired servant.

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 Post subject: Re: Was Gandalf a Valar?
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Well, it goes along with the theory that Tom Bombadil was actually Aulë, so why not.

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