Apr 20 2010, 2:48am
Well, when I read this conspiracy, I took a moment to think it over. Do I take the low road by stating the obvious(He wanted to over throw Sauron, becoming the dominant power in Middle Earth) or do I take the High Road and think up something original?
I'll take the high road.
Why Saruman Wanted the Ring
A GreatCool Case Study
The Question: What was the true motivation that cause a renowned and wise wizard to renounce he previous alliances, "turn to the dark side", and ultimately cause his own demise?
(What we know; correct me if any of this is inaccurate)
Saruman- A famous wizard, know associate of Gandalf the Grey. However, he decided to betray the 'good' factions of Middle Earth, and attempt to take the ring for his own, for unknow reasons.
Middle Earth- A realm inhabitted by various factions, although during the events of Saurumans's betrayal, there was arguably three world powers in play: Gondor, Rohan, and Mordor. While Gondor and Rohan were allied, they were greatly out numbered, and Mordor had a secret weapon: the Ring.
The Ring- A weapon of amazing power in the hands of those who know how to use it, the ring was the item that determined the war. Sauron obviously wanted possetion of it; with it he would be unstoppable. Because of this, the other factions obviously wanted to keep the ring from Sauron. They decided there best choice would be sending a realatively weak 'hero' on a quest across the know world, deep into enemy territory, with the intention of destroying the ring. Who recomended this death trip? Gandalf.
Gandalf- A long time friend of Sauruman, he also visited him multiple times between noticing the weak hobit Frodo acquired the ring, and arriving at the council of Elrond.
Looking over this, as well as other factors, I believe that Saruman truely did intend to over throw Sauron. However, I think he was just a pawn in somebody else's game of chess. Who was controlling Saruman? Gandalf the Grey. Gandalf knew Saruman wanted the ring. He also knew Sauron wanted the ring. And I think deep down, Gandalf wanted the ring as well.
But Gandalf was not dumb; he knew that if Sauron was able to get the ring, his oppertunity would be lost. He also knew that if he just killed Frodo and took the ring, he would not be able to use it to take over the known world; I believe Gandalf wanted to use the ring to win the war, and gain dominion over the free people of Middle Earth. So he allowed Saruman to use the Pallentir, knowing full well that it would corrupt him horribly. Infact, Gandalf may have planted the Pallentir for Saruman to find; he knew an awful lot about it, and seemed to take it with him when he left Orthanc, almost as if he felt it belonged to him.
Knowing the Pallentir would corrupt Saruman, Gandalf the attended the council of Elrond, setting up his Xantos Gambit: If the fellowship went through the lands Saruman was contesting, they would surely be caught, at which point Gandalf would kill Saruman and claim the ring. If they didn't get caught, they would go to Minas Tirith, where(a corrupted) Borimir would attempt to take the ring by force. Gandalf could kill Borimir, and then take the ring for himself.
What Gandalf didn't account for was the fellowship breaking up; this event threw his Xantos Gambit out the window, and allowed Frodo(and the ring) to slip through his fingers. That is also why he was eager to attack the Black Gate; he was unaware of Gollum's intervention, and must have assumed Frodo would have been camping by the Black Gate, trying to figure a way inside. If Gandalf had been able to intercept Frodo, the ring would be his.
In short, Saruman was manipulated by Gandalf to want the ring, so Gandalf would have reason to kill him and take it as his own.
Kill 'em all, let God sort 'em out.
(This post was edited by TheGreatCoolEnergy on Apr 20 2010, 2:51am)