The Hobbit / The Lord of the Rings: Saruman the White [INTJ 5w4]

Function Order: Ni-Te-Fi-Se

“Against the power of Mordor, there can be no victory.”

– Saruman

Saruman was once the “greatest and wisest” of the wizards, but time to ruminate, ponder, intellectualize, and consult the pilantir has corrupted him into a narrow ideological viewpoint. He “senses a great power rising” and chooses to align with it, because he considers no other outcome than that Mordor will conquer Middle-Earth, Sauron will become lord of all, and that to not be on his side would be foolishness. Saruman trusts his insights, and reveals them time and again—at the White Council, sensing despite Gandalf’s subterfuge that he is helping the dwarves upon a “reckless quest.” Foreseeing that if he can drive Gandalf into the Mines of Moria, he will encounter an old and dangerous foe and perish to his death (“You fear to enter those mines… for the dwarves dug greedily and too deep, and awakened a creature from the darkness”). Given the task to “create an army worthy of Mordor,” Saruman does the unthinkable and creates a new genetic race “bred for a single purpose… to destroy the world of men,” his “fighting Uruk-hai.” He makes a mild attempt to convince Gandalf to join his cause, using the facts of the situation (the forthcoming fall of the free people, the increase of Sauron’s power, etc) to convince him; when that fails, Saruman says he has “elected the way of pain” and intends to torture him into submission. He can be callous and blunt, critical of his fellow wizard’s habits (he says living in the woods has rotted Radagast’s brain, and that Gandalf’s fondness for pipe tobacco has made him a naïve fool). He takes over Théoden’s mind and controls him from a distance, to sabotage and subdue Rohan, and threatens to kill him if Gandalf attempts to cast the wizard out. He promises Gríma Éowyn in exchange for his faithful service, but does not intend to keep the bargain. He announces his intention to destroy humanity in front of the man, oblivious to the resentment it will cause in his heart for Saruman’s betrayal.

Enneagram: 5w4 sp/so

Gandalf roams Middle-earth. Radagast looks after the animals in the forest. Saruman lives in his fortress, surrounded by his books, scrolls, and knowledge, hoarding his resources and enriching his mind, without giving anything back to Middle-earth. He does not often engage in the outside world, and does so with hesitation – but he trusts his own intellect and mind, he makes absolute decisions without fear, and when he decides to act, he does so without hesitation. Saruman can be callous in his total detachment; he has no interest in humanity and no desire to serve its greater needs, but instead intends to take what he wants for himself. He cuts down the trees of Fangorn to feed his fires, oblivious to the fact that it will enrage the Ents. His 4 wing is arrogant and sees Gandalf’s delight in the hobbits as pedantic and immature; Saruman is convinced he is higher than Gandalf, has more wisdom and greater intellectual tastes. He takes his sense of feeling different and transforms it into elitism.