Saruman, also referred to as Saruman the White, is a minifigure from the theme The Lord of the Rings that first appeared in LEGO The Lord of the Rings: The Video Game. He made his first physical appearance in 79005 The Wizard Battle.
Saruman was at first the powerful and wise leader of the five Istari, or wizards, in Middle-earth, and leader of the White Council. However, after studying too deep into the arts of Sauron, he eventually joined him, and Saruman's friends became his foes. He started breeding orcs with goblin-men to make Uruk-hai. He later sent a band of Uruk-hai to capture the Ring-bearing Hobbits (but they caught Merry and Pippin instead). Saruman also sent an army of Uruk-Hai to defeat the people of Rohan. After Merry and Pippin escaped the Uruk-hai and found Treebeard, they attacked Isengard and flooded it by destroying the dam. Saruman was then imprisoned in Orthanc, with Gandalf later breaking his staff.
Saruman's fate varies between versions of The Lord of the Rings; in the novels, after Sauron was destroyed, Saruman persuaded Treebeard to free him from Orthanc, and he left with Gríma Wormtongue (who he treated very badly). Saruman then went to the Shire and took over it, and was finally killed in the Battle of Bywater when he was mistrating Gríma, who then slit his throat. His death ended the War of the Ring right in front of Bag End, the very place Frodo first stepped out of. Two different fates for Saruman were featured in Peter Jackson's film trilogy; in the theatrical version he is last spoken of as being imprisoned within Orthanc. In the extended edition, he is stabbed by Wormtongue at Orthanc and then falls to his death.
Peter Jackson's film adaptation of The Hobbit incorporated historical information from The Lord of the Rings and featured Saruman in his role as a member of the White Council who discounts the possibility of Sauron returning as the Necromancer of Dol Guldur. Despite this, he later comes to Dol Guldur along with Elrond and Galadriel and battles the Ringwraiths prior to Sauron's exile. The films also differ from the novels in depicting Saruman as being wholly loyal to Sauron, as opposed to allying with him while planning to betray him at a later date.
Saruman's role in the games is identical to his role in the films, though the events of the film The Battle of Five Armies are omitted.
Saruman appears in the Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu world, apparently having allied himself with Lord Vortech. Riding the Anacondrai Serpent and wielding the power of the elemental Keystone, he battles against the player but is ultimately defeated.
- Saruman is played by the late Christopher Lee, who also portrayed Count Dooku in the Star Wars films and narrated LEGO The Hobbit: The Video Game.
- Because they are both portrayed by Lee, and have somewhat similar appearances, he and Dooku share the same head piece.
- His staff, unlike Gandalf's, consists of multiple pieces.
- In 10237 The Tower of Orthanc, Saruman has a sloped brick instead of standard legs to represent his cloak. However, he also has a standard leg piece, allowing him to sit on his throne. The standard legs, however, are less detailed, as they lack the printied detail that the sloped brick has.
- He uses the same hair-beard piece as Gandalf, but with light and dark grey detailing.
Video Game Appearances
Gallery of Variants
Video Game Variants