I generally avoid writing up multiple wizards from the same source material, but Saruman the White is one worthy wizard. I’ve never actually read the Lord of the Rings books, so I only know Saruman as Christopher Lee with long, flowing rock hair. That’s a good way to be known, though.
According to Wikipedia, Saruman has some A+ aliases, including Curumo, White Messenger, Man of Skill, and Sharkey. I feel like I would be an enviable dude to have even just one of those nicknames. Note to readers and all people: please start calling me something cool like that.
I was disappointed when Saruman did not appear in the version of Return of the King that made it to theaters. Thankfully, he did make the cut for those huge extended edition DVDs that I watched a million times a decade ago and which I have not touched since. Perhaps it is time for a revisitation! I think and hope he is also in the upcoming Hobbit movie(s).
Saruman also appeared in Bakshi’s animated Lord of the Rings movie. I don’t think he looks as imposing as Christopher Lee, but I do love this particular cartoon wizard look: the face peering out of an explosion of white hair. It’s how I prefer to draw wizards myself. You can imagine his face sinking back into his hair as a defense mechanism against natural predators.
I was about to write that I don’t think wizards have natural predators, and then I remember I wrote a song about that very topic, and I started wondering how often I’ve traveled this same road of thought. Brains are mysterious!