Gandolf looking into the distance.


What Is Gandalf's Real Name And What Does It Mean?

Gandalf, a central character in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit,” is known by many names, each carrying unique significance between different races.

Before becoming Gandalf, he was Olórin in the land of Valinor. It reflected his existence as a Maiar, a spirit in service to the world's guardians, the Valar.

The name Olórin is High-elven, from the word “Olor,” which refers to a clear mental vision or vivid memory, often applied to positive, artistic mental constructions in Elvish lore.

In Middle-earth, he acquired names like Mithrandir from the Elves, meaning “The Grey Pilgrim,” Incánus in the South, interpreted as “alien,” and Tharkûn, “Staff-man,” by the Dwarves.

In “The Two Towers,” he’s mockingly named Gandalf Stormcrow and Láthspell by Théoden and Wormtongue, symbolizing unwelcome news reflecting the diverse nature of his character.

Despite his array of titles, the name Gandalf remains the most revered among fans of Tolkien’s intricate universe.