Gandalf the Grey was first known as a "disturber of the peace" when he came to present Bilbo Baggins a burglar job, and a grand adventure. Although Bilbo attempts to politely decline, he is somehow pushed into it. Gandalf helps the dwarves and Bilbo to their destination, which is Lonely Mountain. However, that is only a small story in Gandalf's long tale. For now, I will summarize his role in Lord of the Rings. He came to Bilbo's party, and spoke with him about the handing down of the ring. Then he left to do some research of his own on this mysterious ring. He finds it is the one ring that the Dark Lord, Sauron has been seeking for all these years. He goes to the shire and tells Frodo, and they decide that it must be taken to Rivendell. He tells Frodo he will meet him at Bree, and goes to see the head of his order, Saruman. When he arrives, however, he learns of Saruman's betrayal, and Saruman traps Gandalf there, so he cannot stop Saruman. He manages to get free, and heads to Rivendell to meet Frodo. They then hold the council of Elrond where it is decided that the ring must be destroyed. Gandalf is one of the nine walkers, against the nine that were sent from Mordor. However, along their journey, they must go through Mordor, and Gandalf falls with the Balrog. Thinking Gandalf is lost, the rest of the company reluctantly go on ahead. Later, Gandalf makes his return in Fangorn Forest, where he meets Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli, who are tracking Merry and Pippin at the time. He lets them know they are safe, and they ride to Rohan to see King Theoden. After Gandalf releases Theoden from the spell that Saruman has cast upon him, Theoden must move his people to Helm's Deep. Gandalf goes to find Eomer and his army. He rides on Shadowfax, a horse that is wild, but will bear only Gandalf. He returns in the knick of time with the army, and the battle is won. They then go to Isengard, where they meet Merry and Pippin. Gandalf takes Pippin, and they ride to Minis Tirith, where they participate in the fierce battle that is won. When Aragorn arrives with re-enforcements, they then plan their march to Mordor, hoping that it will play as a distraction for the two hobbits on their way to Mount Doom. It proves successful. Just as Sauron releases his army, the ground crumbles, and they find the ring is destroyed. Then the eagles come and bear Gandalf and the other men away. After the crowning of Aragorn, later, Gandalf sails on the white ship with Bilbo and the other elves, never to be seen again.