S. Mithrandir m. “Grey Pilgrim, Grey Wanderer”

S. Mithrandir, m. “Grey Pilgrim, Grey Wanderer”

Sindarin name of Gandalf, translated “Grey Pilgrim” (LotR/670) or “Grey Wanderer” (LotR/827). This name is a combination of mith “grey” and randir “wanderer, pilgrim” (SA/mith, PE17/60, VT42/13).

Conceptual Development: When this name first appeared in Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, it was already N. Mithrandir with the translations given above (TI/251).

References ✧ LotR/359, 670, 827, 1085; LotRI/Gandalf, Mithrandir; LRI; PE17/47, 60; PMI; RC/758; SA/mith, ran; SI; UT/242, 392, 397; UTI; VT42/13



mith “grey, light grey, pale grey” ✧ PE17/47; PE17/60; SA/mith
randir “wanderer, wandering man, pilgrim” ✧ PE17/60; VT42/13 (randír)
RAN “wander, stray, meander, go on an uncertain course, go aside from a course (commanded or self-chosen); err” ✧ SA/ran; UT/242

N. Mithrandir m. “Grey Wanderer/Pilgrim”

See S. Mithrandir for discussion.

References ✧ TI/251; TII; WRI



mith¹ “grey”
rhandir “wanderer, pilgrim”