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Things I would need for research: Why Madlener inspired 'Gandalf', not Gandalf

You may remember this post: "Der Berggeist" is the origin of 'Gandalf', not Gandalf: Josef Madlener, J.R.R. Tolkien, and a misunderstanding.” (Opens in a new window)

For me to finally disprove the notion that this particular drawing was the inspiration for the fictional character of Gandalf I would have to do archival work on the artist, Josef Madlener.

In Memmingen, Bavaria, Germany.

Let me tell you what would be needed.

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