Is the following sentence grammatically correct?

"Gandalf is a wizard and brave"

Each of "Gandalf is a wizard" and "Gandalf is brave" sound OK, but connecting the noun and adjective descriptions of Galndalf with the "and" hurts my ear. I am not a native English speaker though, and unsure whether connections like that are acceptable in English.

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    Needs a comma: Gandalf is a wizard, and brave. – developerwjk Mar 28 '17 at 19:14
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    You might just want to say Gandalf is a brave wizard if this is only for informational purposes. To say Gandalf is a wizard, and brave will either express that calling him brave was an afterthought by the speaker, or give it that archaic flair that is expected when talking about Gandalf. – developerwjk Mar 28 '17 at 19:17
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    Your ear is right: that's not normal English. You can use it deliberately for effect (in the same way that you can use garden path sentences intentionally for effect), but don't use it in normal speech or you'll sound odd. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Mar 28 '17 at 20:05
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    Don't use Yoda as a guide to English. :-) – MikeJRamsey56 Mar 28 '17 at 20:29
  • I mostly agree with the others. But I think Gandalf is brave and a wizard is slightly better. I'd have to think about why. – Cerberus_Reinstate_Monica Mar 28 '17 at 20:38

Yes you can do this - it's called a hendiadys and is most often used for poetic effect.

hendiadys noun The expression of a single idea by two words connected with ‘and’, e.g. nice and warm, when one could be used to modify the other, as in nicely warm. - ODO

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