Villain Overview
The world is changing. Who now has the strength to stand against the armies of Isengard and Mordor? To stand against the might of Sauron and Saruman and the union of the Two Towers? Together, my Lord Sauron, we shall rule this Middle-earth. The Old World will burn in the fires of industry, the forests will fall. A new order will rise! We will drive the machine of war with the sword and the spear and the iron fist of the Orc. We have only to remove those who oppose us…
~ Saruman to Sauron.
There will be no dawn… for men.
~ Saruman.

Saruman the White is the secondary antagonist of the fantasy novel by J.R.R Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings​, and a major antagonist in Peter Jackson's live-action film trilogy adaptation of the novels. He is the secondary antagonist of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the central antagonist of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, before finally meeting his end as a minor antagonist in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. In The Hobbit trilogy, Saruman appeared as a supporting character in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. He was an evil and powerful wizard who conveyed an air of nobility tainted by obvious tyranny.

He is portrayed by the late Christopher Lee, who also played Dracula, Francisco Scaramanga and Count Dooku.


Saruman is cruel, uncaring, and treacherous. He would do anything to achieve whatever he wants, even if it means betraying his own allies, especially the White Council.

In the books, Saruman is even deceptive toward Sauron, pretending to be his ally, when in reality, he wants to snatch the One Ring for himself and overthrow Sauron as the Dark Lord. In the movies, however, Saruman was a hero in The Hobbit film trilogy, but after deciding to face Sauron alone, he allowed the latter to corrupt and influence him. Eventually, in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, he became very loyal to Sauron and would do anything to help him; he even told Gandalf to join Sauron as he believed it was a wise decision.

In both cases, his schemes and evilness would lead him to his very own defeat.

Agents of Saruman

Saruman's Commanders

  • Lurtz
  • Uglúk
  • Sharku
  • Móg

Allies and Armies


  • The figure of Saruman is very different between the cinematographic version and the book version.
    • In the first film, he is an ally of Sauron and wishes to extend his dominion over the Middle-Earth but in the book original version, Saruman only pretends to be his accomplice in order to take the ring for himself, defeat Sauron with it and rule all the Middle-Earth.
    • He also has two different deaths: in Peter Jackson's movie Saruman dies during his conversation with Gandalf and Théoden in the Orthanc tower but in Tolkien's book he dies in the Shire where he set himself up, but in both versions, he is killed by Grima Wormtongue.


           Middle-earth Villains

Dark Armies
Leaders: Morgoth | Sauron | Saruman
Nazgûl: Witch-King of Angmar | Khamûl | Helm Hammerhand | Isildur | Suladan | Nazgûl Sisters
Balrogs: Durin's Bane | Gothmog | Tar-Goroth
Dragons: Smaug | Ancalagon | Scatha | Drogoth the Dragon Lord | Glaurung
Great Spiders: Shelob | Ungoliant
Werewolves: Carcharoth | Draugluin
Goblins/Orcs: Gorkil the Goblin King | Great Goblin | Azog | Bolg | Yazneg | Grishnákh | Gothmog | Gorbag | Zog the Eternal
Uruk-hai: Ugluk | Lurtz | Shagrat
Black Númenóreans: Mouth of Sauron | Agandaur | Black Hand of Sauron | Hammer of Sauron | Tower of Sauron
Olog-Hai: Brûz the Chopper
Men of Darkness: Ar-Pharazôn | Gríma Wormtongue | Bill Ferny | Lheu Brenin | Easterlings | Corsairs of Umbar | Dunlendings | Haradrim
Various Creatures: Barrow Wights | Trolls | Wargs | Fellbeasts | Gûlavhar | Watcher in the Water

Corrupted Elves
Fëanor | Celegorm | Caranthir | Curufin | Maeglin | Celebrimbor

Corrupted Hobbits
Gollum | Lotho Sackville-Baggins | Ted Sandyman

Alfrid Lickspittle | Master of Laketown | Old Man Willow