The figure of the wise-man or wiz-ard is not confined to any culture or epoch. The possessor of secret knowledge and the power to alter circumstance may be a shaman, sorcerer, magician or stage illusionist, but the iconography remains remarkably similar: a distinctive robe, an impressive head-covering and a staff or wand.
Perhaps the most famous wizard in Western culture is Merlin, popularised by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the twelfth century and reimagined eight hundred years later by J.R. R. Tolkien in the form of the Grey Pilgrim, Gandalf.
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