Gandalf & Shadowfax: A Majestic Pair

Gandalf Summons Shadowfax in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers


Gandalf & Shadowfax in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

The horse was featured prominently in the Two Towers and the Return of the King as Gandalf the White’s mount and the Best Horse of Rohan. He was named after the coat of silver-grey.

Being called Gandalf’s “friend”, the Lord of All Horses provided a distinct advantage for the wizard in the quest to save the Middle Earth., enabling him to battle powerful enemies confidently and arrive in time when his aid is needed. Shadowfax was both a reward and an ally for the White Rider (See Chapter 5 of the Two Towers). 

The pair’s relationship mirrors that of the Monk and the Dragon Horse (as discussed in the previous blog post) in Journey to the West in that the Rider depended on  his horse to reach his goal.  Furthermore, Both Gandalf and Xuanzang wree sages in their respective stories, despite their different cultural backgrounds.



Tolkien, J. R. R., (2012). Lord of the Rings: Two Towers. London: Harper Collins.



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