Functional Order: Ni-Fe-Ti-Se

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Intuition (Ni) / Extroverted Sensing (Se)

Gandalf frequently knows what is going to happen before others do. He chooses Bilbo knowing he will be useful, 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. Gandalf foresees his own downfall in the Mines of Moria, the coming battle and Sauron’s tactics against Aragorn. He develops long-term goals (the protection and restoration of Middle-earth) and approaches life with a strategic mindset of handling each problem as it comes to him. Gandalf enjoys traveling with companions, but is sometimes overwhelmed by them and feels the need to retreat for solitude into the beauty of nature. He does not particularly enjoy dangerous experiences, but is capable of leaping into action when necessary and using the external world to inspire his actions; he is attentive to nature and how he can use it to protect them (moths, pine cones, boulders, the sun) (inferior Se).

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Feeling (Fe) / Introverted Thinking (Ti)

Politeness and harmony are important to Gandalf, who becomes irritated with Thorin’s inability to show the Elves courtesy. He enjoys the company of the different races in Middle-earth and is easily frustrated with their prejudices and racial divides. Gandalf works to bring balance to the group, and feels responsible for protecting all of them. 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. Gandalf is good-natured and polite much of the time, but also tends to frequently lose his temper over general incompetence, other people’s bickering, and what he sees as abandonment of responsibilities. Whenever he needs to think, Gandalf retreats to analyze a problem in absolute silence. He is curious about the other races in Middle-earth and likes to establish loose frameworks on which they operate. Gandalf is an apt problem-solver and enjoys analyzing both simple, humorous problems (“IS it a good morning?”) and more complex methods (war tactics).

Enneagram: 1w2 social

Since Gandalf is so old, he has grown into his 7 integration an enormous amount – he is friendly, good-natured, relaxed, and adventurous among those who respect and enjoy his presence, but shifts back into a strong moral compass and judgmental attitude when confronted with incompetence, selfishness, or stupidity – he calls Pippin a fool numerous times, he aggressively removes Denethor from power, he chastises Saurman for falling into the darkness. He can become unusually emotional under stress, over-reacting and yelling at people (like an unhealthy 4) but for the most part, has an even keeled perspective on life. His 2 wing makes him able to forgive others, and grants him a desire to help them. As a social type, his 1 focuses on mentoring others and helping them self-improve, and his 2 seeks to present a powerful, competent front as the unofficial “leader.”