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Saruman the White, originally named Curumo and called Curunir by the Elves, was an Istari - or wizard - who lived in Middle-earth during the Third Age. He was an antagonist in the events of the War of the Ring and was specifically featured in The Lord Of The Rings. He was the most powerful Wizard of the Five. Many feared him and his mighty voice; even Sauron himself feared the White Wizard. He was the chief of the wizards in his time and dwelt in the fortress of Orthanc in Isengard, below Methedras. Saruman studied in depth the arts of Sauron. However, he soon became enamored of Sauron's devices, especially the One Ring, turned traitor to his mission, and sought power for himself by attempting to find the One Ring. He initially advocated an alliance with Sauron, but he soon betrayed Sauron as well, as his ultimate goal was to supplant Sauron and rule Middle-earth. His designs went astray, however, and following the Battle of the Hornburg and the Battle of Isengard, his power was overthrown.
Saruman, before his decline and fall, was the chief of both the wizards and of the White Council (a council consisting of all those opposed to Sauron). His knowledge and skill, especially of Sauron's devices, was said to be great (in fact, the name "Saruman" means "man of skill"). However, his corruption came about due to his deep study of the One Ring and Sauron's other mystical possessions, and his growing ambition and desire for power led to his downfall. He is one of the few characters in Middle-earth who is rather "grey" - serving neither the forces of good nor the forces of evil. He betrays both sides and ultimately works for his own ends.

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