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Saruman is a fictional character in J.R.R. Tolkiens' middle-earth. He is a wizard, an Istari, and lived in Isengard in the Tower of Orthanc. He was the leader of the White Council until he was corupted by his quest for power.

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What happened to Saruman after he died? [duplicate]

What happened to Saruman's spirit after he was murdered? Did he flee and haunt some part of middle earth as was customary of Sauron? Or was he judged and punished by the Valar? Or do we know ...
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Why did Saruman lose his power after he was banished from Orthanc?

Saruman was strong enough to defeat Gandalf the Grey, but upon banishment from Orthanc and his taking over of the Shire he seemed like nothing more than a normal old man. He apparently retained his ...
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What would have happened if Saruman had gotten the One Ring?

If the Uruk Army sent by Saruman had captured Frodo and had gotten the One Ring to Saruman, what would Saruman have done with it? Would he have given the Ring back to Sauron or would he have kept the ...
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Why does Saruman change his mind?

In Lord of the Rings, Saruman The White, the eldest of the Wizards and their chieftain, joins with Sauron instead of helping people fight against Sauron. What is the reason for him losing faith in ...
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Would Gandalf have been promoted to the white if he had not fought the Balrog?

Gandalf was promoted to a White wizard after his body was destroyed in the battle with the Balrog. This was done mainly to replace Saruman as he had joined Sauron (or at least swayed significantly ...
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Did Saruman continue to exist as an ethereal Maiar after he was murdered?

Inspired by What was Saruman the White's purpose? The Istari are Maiar in corporeal form - it seems evident that some aspect of the Istari continues after the death of their corporeal (and can ...
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What was Saruman the White's purpose?

Every wizard in LOTR obviously had a purpose to be sent to Middle-earth, with Gandalf's being to help out in the defeat of Sauron and Morgoth's forces, etc. However, because Saruman was not returned ...
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What did Saruman mean by “Something festers in the heart of middle earth”?

In the extended version of the movie "The Return of the King", Saruman tells Gandalf from above Orthanc: "Something festers in the heart of Middle Earth, something you have not yet seen. But the ...
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Why does Gandalf say he is Saruman when he comes back as 'Gandalf The White'?

I've tried looking up why Gandalf claims to be Saruman but I keep finding things saying 'Gandalf is trying to show that he is as Saruman should have been - how he shouldn't be corrupt' is this ...
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Dagor Dagorath - Is there any indication of who may return?

As you know, this is the apocolyptic event which occurs at the end of LOTR. I've been searching non-stop but simply cannot find if any from say, War of the Ring will return. People like Gandalf, The ...
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What will Saruman The White's Role be in The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug? [closed]

I was wondering if anyone has any insight on this? As far as I'm aware, The White Council did attack Dol Guldur, But will Saruman be leading this attack and do you think he'll have quite a big role in ...
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Did Saruman copy from Radagast?

We know that, although publicly he scorned Gandalf, Saruman copied him and also smoked, and imitated Sauron, as often said in The Lord of the Rings. But I just saw a quote about Radagast, saying that ...
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Was Wormtongue's betrayal due to his his desire for Éowyn or due to the Voice of Saruman?

Wormtongue was a traitor, and yet in the Lord of the Rings it is suggested that this was not always so. Furthermore, it is known that he desires Éowyn. When Gandalf says, "How long is it since ...
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In 'The Hobbit: AUJ', why is Gandalf submissive in Saruman's presence?

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie, Gandalf appears particularly subdued/submissive in Saruman's presence during their meeting at Rivendell. Why is this so? Is it simply because Saruman is of ...
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In Rivendell, did Saruman try to use his “Voice” on Elrond, Galadriel and Gandalf?

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), when the company arrive to Rivendell, Gandalf is asked to attend a surprise reunion with Elrond, Galadriel and Saruman the White. Saruman then opposes ...
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Was Saruman's secret plan settled when he meet Gandalf in Rivendell?

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), when the company arrive to Rivendell, Gandalf is asked to attend a surprise reunion with Elrond, Galadriel and Saruman the White. Saruman then opposes ...
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Why does Gandalf seek counsel from Saruman about the One Ring after leaving Frodo in the Shire?

We know that Saruman bore ill-will toward Gandalf for millennia before the events of The Lord of the Rings. It began with their arrival in Middle Earth when Cirdan gives Narya to Gandalf, or at least ...
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Saruman in the Shire: how long had he been planning it?

I am trying to understand the actions of Saruman in the Shire. I will refer to the chronology of Appendix B of the Return of the King. All dates are relative to the Third Age. Frodo leaves Bag End on ...
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How does a Wizard change his colour?

During the LOTR we see Gandalf change from 'Gandalf the Grey' to 'Gandalf the White' and we see 'Saruman the White' change to 'Saruman the Many-coloured'. What does this mean and how and why does it ...
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Prior to having many colors, was Saruman always white?

Both Gandalf the Grey and Saruman the White changed colors in the LOTR series. Did any of Tolkien's works ever state that prior to having many colors Saruman was always white?
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Did Saruman or Wormtongue cast a spell on Theoden?

Did Wormtongue cast a spell on Theoden, or administer potions from Saruman, or was it just his (deliberately) bad counsel that caused Theoden to sink into dotage before Gandalf healed him? In the ...
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Why didn't Saruman take Narya from Gandalf?

We know that Gandalf was given Narya, the Ring of Fire (one of the Elven three) by Cirdan the shipwright. When Saruman imprisoned Gandalf, why did he not attempt to take the ring from him? It would ...
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Did Sauron give any care to Saruman or was he just a pawn?

Did Sauron make any sort of promise or guarantee to Saruman to gain his fealty? Did Saruman consider himself an equal to Sauron? He seemed to control a reasonable Orc army, but were they actually ...
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What happened to Saruman's ring in the Fourth Age?

After Gandalf defeated Saruman, what happened to Saruman's Ring? Was it destroyed? Did it still have power, and was it wielded by him or others? Was this a topic in one of Tolkien's work, or was it ...
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What is the significance of Saruman's Ring?

At the council of Elrond, Gandalf tells of his encounter with Saruman. But I rode to the foot of Orthanc, and came to the stair of Saruman; and there he met me and led me up to his high ...