Written by Mr. Mouseburger 1st Jul 2005
Saruman the Wise proves he is not so wise by putting his fate in the hands of an Orc army. Having had this army defeated in the Battle of Helms Deep (from the film The Two Towers) Saruman’s luck is further compounded when Treebeard and his Ents (a tree herding race that look like walking trees) surround the tower, Orthanc, imprisoning Saruman.
The only company Saruman has is the slimy little grub, Grima Wormtongue. Wormtongue posed as a chancellor to Theoden (q.v.), but was really poisoning Theoden's mind with Saruman's words. When the members of the fellowship arrive at Orthanc to try and persuade Saruman to help them now he has been defeated, Saruman laughs at them.
At this point Wormtongue realises he is just a pawn in Saruman's political game. After being cuffed to the ground by Saruman once too often, his sanity snaps and Wormtongue stabs Saruman in the back twice with a knife. Saruman staggers and falls off the balcony of Orthanc and onto a large mill wheel which, for added menace but no practical purpose, has lots of spiky things on it.
Saruman falls and dies on the machinery that almost led him to victory. I guess you could say he was just wheely unlucky....
[Editor's Note: What do you mean you don't remember Saruman dying?!?! Go out and buy the 4 disc set of the film you cheapskate;-) ]