Friday, August 27, 2010

Tantalizing Trivia: The Lord of the Rings

Written by Cin-Ob Supreme Tricia, the winner of this week's WHO AM I?

Most of the characters from The Lord of the Rings trilogy are based on people Tolkien knew through his life. Saruman is one of these characters.

In Humphrey Carpenter's J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography, he writes: "Over the road a meadow lead to the River Cole, little more than a broad stem, and upon this stood Sarehole Mill, an old brick building with a tall chimney...There were two millers, father and son, Ronald [J.R.R. Tolkien] named him 'the White Ogre'...".

Thus 'sarehole' man= Saruman.

ALSO, in breaking down the name Saruman, it translates from the Mercian word "Saru" meaning "device, design, scheme, contrivance."

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