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Return of the King, The, Saruman (Christopher Lee)

Site Rating: 46%
(ratings: 5)
Writeup Rating: 70%
(ratings: 4)
Film: Return of the King, The (2003)
Deceased Character: Saruman (Christopher Lee)
Archetype: Baddy (Major)
Killed by: Grima Wormtongue (Brad Dourif)
Killed with: Knife and Falling


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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;-) ]



5 categories : Impalement, Falling, Betrayal, Stabbed, Alternative Fate

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Last Updated: 2nd Jun 2008
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This review has 10 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'Ocafi' (reply to this comment)
I love impalements, especially those brought on by a betrayed comerade.
Comment 2 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
Yeah, where is Betrayal?
Comment 3 by 'Monk' (reply to this comment)
Other deaths that appear in the extended edition only are Gothmog and the Mouth Of Sauron.
Comment 4 by 'Lestat' (reply to this comment)
If you actually watch the movie, Saruman is never killed. After the Ents break the dam and flood the place, he remains locked in the tower. When Gimli asks if they should take his head and be done with it, Gandalf replies with a stern "No", only because Saruman has no power anymore. He wasn't a danger to anyone in the 3rd movie.
Comment 5 by 'FKAJ' (reply to this comment)
Lestat Wrote:
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> If you actually watch the movie, Saruman is never
> killed. After the Ents break the dam and flood the
> place, he remains locked in the tower. When Gimli
> asks if they should take his head and be done with
> it, Gandalf replies with a stern "No", only
> because Saruman has no power anymore. He wasn't a
> danger to anyone in the 3rd movie.

Did you even read the review? We're talking about the four-hour extended edition.
Comment 6 by 'Hazl' (reply to this comment)
I wish they could include the "Saruman takes over the Shire" part and the death of Saruman that goes with it, but even I understand that 4 hours of film and as many natural end points to it is pushing the limit...
Comment 7 by 'Flashpenny' (reply to this comment)
One of the earlier posts stated that Lieutenant Gothmog and the Mouth of Sauron are the only other deaths that appear in the Extended Edition but that is not true. Our buddy Grima also kicks the bucket. When he decided to kill Saruman, the evil wizard was about to reveal some info to our heroes prompting Legolas to fill Wormtongue's back with arrows. Grima finishes off Saruman before dying of his wounds himself.
Comment 8 by 'The Commentor Formerly Known As Monk' (reply to this comment)
Hey, I never said they were the only deaths in the extended edition, i just said they were some others, in case anyone was curious.
Comment 9 by 'Flashpenny' (reply to this comment)
Anonymous User Wrote:
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> Hey, I never said they were the only deaths in the
> extended edition, i just said they were some
> others, in case anyone was curious.


:blush:
Comment 10 by 'Josh Watson' (reply to this comment)
Legolas doesn't "fill Wormtongue's back with arrows" - he fires a single arrow into his chest, which is enough to kill him. I'm also being extremely picky here, but his first name is spelt Gríma.