The award was named after Gandalf the wizard, who appears in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien; Tolkien was the inaugural recipient of the award.
1974 - J. R. R. Tolkien
1975 - Fritz Leiber
1976 - L. Sprague de Camp
1977 - Andre Norton
1978 - Poul Anderson
1979 - Ursula K. Le Guin
1980 - Ray Bradbury
In 1978 and 1979, a Gandalf Award for Book-Length Fantasy was also awarded.
1978 - The Silmarillion, J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien
1979 - The White Dragon, Anne McCaffrey