Wit & Wisdom
To be someone who has these qualities is considered as a good thing. We have often found in a book or movie, characters who were described as someone witty or someone wise. Do you know any fictional characters who have these qualities? Or do you like any fictional character because they are witty? Or are they wise?
One character who came to my mind is Gandalf. Do you know who Gandalf is? Gandalf is one of the protagonists in J. R. R. Tolkien's novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He is a wizard, one of the Istari order, and the leader and mentor of the Fellowship of the Ring. Tolkien took the name "Gandalf" from the Old Norse "Catalogue of Dwarves" (Dvergatal) in the Völuspá.
As a wizard and the bearer of a Ring of Power, Gandalf has great power, but works mostly by encouraging and counseling. He sets out as Gandalf the Grey, described as the last of the wizards to appear in Middle Earth. Gandalf, possessing great knowledge, and travelling continually, always focused on the mission to counter the Dark Lord Sauron. Gandalf's ring Narya is the Ring of Fire and Gandalf himself is associated with fire and he both delights in fireworks to entertain the hobbits of the Shire, and in great need uses fire as a weapon. As one of the Maiar he is an immortal spirit, but being in a physical body on Middle-earth, he can be killed in battle, as he is by the Balrog from Moria. He is sent back to Middle-earth to complete his mission, now as Gandalf the White and leader of the Istari.
Tolkien once described Gandalf as an angel incarnate; later, both he and other scholars have likened Gandalf to the Norse god Odin in his "Wanderer" guise. Others have described Gandalf as a guide-figure who assists the protagonist, comparable to the Cumaean Sibyl who assisted Aeneas in Virgil's The Aeneid, or to Virgil himself in Dante's Inferno; and as a Christ-figure, a prophet.
Many quotes said by Gandalf present both Wit and Wisdom. If you are a fan of Tolkien's works, you might be familiar with them.
In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings, when Gandalf came to Shire for Bilbo's birthday, he met Frodo on the way. When Frodo said that Gandalf was late, what did Gandalf reply? He said, "A wizard is never late, nor is he early, he arrives precisely when he means to!"
One who heard this might stop for a while to think, "What does this person mean by this?" I think it's a clever answer when someone states that you are late. The answer would make them think again. Don't you think so? Was witty of him to say that?
As for Wisdom. Gandalf has many quotes that we can learn from. One of his that I remember until today is from The Lord of the Rings: Return of the Kings. His last words, "I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil."
The sentence itself is full of wisdom. Sometimes when someone is crying, people would think that they are weak or pathetic. We should know first the reason why they're crying. It isn't always because of something bad, there are also happy tears. Apart from that, crying is healthy because sometimes we can reduce our stress that way, right? Crying will help us release our worries, fear, anger, sorrow, frustration, and such. We are human, full of emotions and there are times when we have to let them out, and one way to do it is by crying.
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