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Why does Gandalf hardly ever use magic or do anything really powerful?

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Answer #1 | 08/02 2014 09:48
The wizards were sent to try to guide humans, elves, and dwarves, but were forbidden to rule over them or compel them. That is why they were given the appearance of old men and not of strong warriors. Saruman failed and tried to claim power for himself; that was why he fell from grace. Gandalf did not seek to rule over others. He was faithful to his charge. You must remember that in Tolkien, wizards were not humans who had studied magic. They were angelic beings and inherently magical. Tolkien took a dim view of sorcery; the only mortals who practiced it in his universe were turned to evil.
Answer #2 | 08/02 2014 09:09
Because he is there to guide, not to show off. He uses his magic or powers only when absolutely necessary. He has no intention to prove what he is. He is in contrast to Saruman, who lets his powers rule him rather than rule his powers. Gandalf is stronger for not using his magic unnecessarily. It may not seem that way at first, but it is in the end.

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