The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring


J.R.R. Tolkien

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Saruman the White Character Analysis

A wise and noble wizard, and head of the Istari. Gandalf greatly relies on Saruman’s counsel in many matters until he learns of Saruman’s treachery—the White Wizard has been corrupted by his ambitions to wield the power of the Ring, and allied with Sauron. After a confrontation between the two wizards, Saruman imprisons Gandalf atop the tower Orthanc.

Saruman the White Quotes in The Fellowship of the Ring

The The Fellowship of the Ring quotes below are all either spoken by Saruman the White or refer to Saruman the White. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of The Fellowship of the Ring published in 1954.
Book 2, Chapter 10 Quotes

The Misty Mountains were crawling like anthills: orcs were issuing out of a thousand holes. Under the boughs of Mirkwood there was deadly strife of Elves and Men and fell bests. The land of the Beornings was aflame; a cloud was over Moria; smoke rose on the borders of Lórien.

Horsemen were galloping on the grass of Rohan; wolves poured from Isengard. From the havens of Harad ships of war put out to sea; and out of the East Men were moving endlessly: swordsmen, spearmen, bowmen upon horses, chariots of chieftains and laden wains. All the power of the Dark Lord was in motion. Then turning south again he beheld Minas Tirith. Far away it seemed, and beautiful: white-walled, many towered, proud and fair upon its mountain-seat; its battlements glittered with steel, and its turrets were bright with many banners. Hope leaped in [Frodo's] heart. But against Minas Tirith was set another fortress, greater and more strong. Thither, eastward, unwilling his eye was drawn. It passed the ruined bridges of Osgiliath, the grinning gates of Minas Morgul, and the haunted Mountains, and it looked upon Gorgoroth, the valley of terror in the Land of Mordor.

Related Characters: Frodo Baggins, Sauron, Saruman the White
Related Symbols: The One Ring
Page Number: 391
Explanation and Analysis:
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Saruman the White Character Timeline in The Fellowship of the Ring

The timeline below shows where the character Saruman the White appears in The Fellowship of the Ring. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 2, Chapter 2
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...more to finish the final chapter in his tale. The Grey Wizard was betrayed by Saruman, head of the Middle-earth wizards and formerly a trusted ally of Gandalf and Elrond. Saruman... (full context)