Were it not for the wise, powerful and meddlesome wizard Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins’ quest to reclaim the kingdom of Erebor is one in which he would surely never have participated.

Arriving in the Shire unannounced, Gandalf the Grey attempts to recruit Bilbo as the last member of the dwarven company’s expedition to Erebor in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”. Along with their kingdom, the dwarves lost their treasure to the fearsome dragon Smaug, which he now guards jealously in his lair under the Lonely Mountain. What the dwarves need is a ‘burglar’, capable of bypassing Smaug undetected; being an unfamiliar-smelling hobbit, Bilbo is volunteered by Gandalf as the man for the task.

Bilbo wants no part of it. But when the ever-interfering Gandalf sends thirteen dwarves to his home the following evening, he is left with little choice. Gandalf watches Bilbo and the dwarves closely throughout their journey to Erebor, and is never far away when they need guidance, or protection from the trolls, orcs or goblins they encounter along the way.

When the company reach the Lonely Mountain in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, Bilbo enters the Mountain alone and unwittingly confronts Smaug – while Gandalf is captured after he engages in battle with the Necromancer. He’s left with no choice but to look on in horror as the orc army marches towards the Lonely Mountain.

Portrayed once again by Ian McKellen, Gandalf’s fate will be revealed in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”. This epic movie is the final chapter in The Hobbit movie trilogy.

Gandalf Movies:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies