The Lord Of The Rings movies are a hotbed for all kinds of excellent facial hair (hell even the TREES have beards) but today we are singling out the greatest of all, Gandalf. None of that Gandalf the White shit either. While that beard certainly was respectable, we are going full on Gandalf The Grey beard.
I’m starting to think that I’m actually writing a sub series for Novembeard based solely on white or greyish beards. What does that say about me? I’m not sure that I want to know.
Gandalf is one of my favorite literary characters. As mentioned when Obi-Wan Kenobi was spotlighted, the mentor archetype has always been very interesting to me. Who cares if Merlin is clearly the basis for Gandalf? At least thanks to the Lord Of The Rings movies we have a tangible beard we can look at. While Merlin is a badass, his beard in the Excalibur movie is laughable at best.
Gandalf while remaining a classic study on wizards also brought them in the consciousness of 20th century. His impact can be felt all the way from Final Fantasy to Harry Potter. Quiet, stoic, wise and all powerful these attributes make not just a great Wizard, but a great beard as well.
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