The Hobbit / The Lord of the Rings: Gandalf [INFJ 6w7]

Function Order: Ni-Fe-Ti-Se

“All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to us.”

Gandalf the Gray

Gandalf has gained a reputation in the Shire of being a ‘disturber of the peace’ because he instinctively picks out hobbits and sends them on grand adventures that bring out more in them than they anticipated. He chooses Bilbo for the dwarf quest, knowing he will be a useful burglar, Frodo knowing he can make it, and Sam knowing he will be a faithful companion. He is aware of the coming darkness long before the others on the White Council, and wants to make defensive moves against it. Gandalf follows his hunch about the Ring, to prove it is indeed the Ring tied to Sauron’s spirit. He foresees his own downfall in the Mines of Moria, the coming battle and Sauron’s tactics against Aragorn. When Frodo says Gollum should have been killed, Gandalf argues that ‘even the wise cannot see all ends,’ and ‘Gollum may yet have some part to play, for good or evil,’ showing his openness to an alternative perspective. Even before Saruman reveals himself as corrupt, Gandalf has become suspicious and warns him against using the pilantir “for not all the seeing stones are accounted for.” Gandalf uses people to accomplish what he sets out to do, by bringing them together and forming groups out of them (Fe) – the dwarves and the hobbit, the meeting of the White Council, and later the Fellowship, by first offering to show Frodo the way to Mordor. He often cautions others to let him do the talking, since he’s aware of how their run-on mouth may offend someone or get into trouble. Thorin’s rudeness to the Elves wears sorely on his temper. Though a warm and winning wizard, he’s not above chastising others for their behavior if inappropriate, and becoming frustrated when they are working at opposite purposes, because he wants them in harmony over a single goal. Gandalf works to bring balance to the group, and feels responsible for protecting his companions. He enjoys having the approval of others, both on decisions and in his choice of entertainment; when it comes down to a serious decision, not trusting his own judgment, he allows Frodo to decide his fate for him (he fears the Mines, but will traverse them, if the Ringbearer desires it).

Enneagram: 6w7 so/sp

Gandalf is both cautious and adventurous. Unlike Saruman, he was never content to remain shut up in a Tower, but instead, chose to roam Middle-earth and acquaint himself with its people and customs. A mischievous wizard, he brings wit and humor wherever he goes, delighting the children of the Shire with fireworks displays, playfully dismissing allegations that he is an “official disturber of the peace,” and gently nudging people in the direction he feels they should go. However, he is also cautious, aware of his own mortality, and does not like to take risks unless he sees no other choice. He refuses the Ring out of fear of its corruption. He doesn’t want to take the hobbits through the mines of Moria, because of what lurks in its depths (and his fears that it might be his downfall). When certain of the Ring, Gandalf immediately rides off to consult his superior wizard (Saruman) rather than make his own decision about what to do. He is suspicious of Boromir, and thinks he may attempt to steal the Ring, so cautions Frodo against him. Gandalf over-thinks things at times, spending hours pondering the right route through Moria, and exhausting his ideas about the secret password to open its gates. He can be combative and assertive at times, but is not above playing ‘the fool’ to disarm people (“you would not deprive an old man of his walking stick, surely?”). Though he can be serious and resolved, Gandalf can also be playful and have fun with the hobbits. He has a good sense of humor and loves to make people, elves, and hobbits alike, laugh. At their darkest hour, he reframes the situation by reassuring Pippin that death is not the end and nothing to fear, for there is beauty beyond it.