YayGollum, at this point (now), Gollum has zero votes. Who did you vote for? What happened to he's my favorite bad guy? Did we forget to click the poll button??
Au contrare dear SarumansTreason. Gandalf, Galadriel and indeed all the wise were tempted by the Ring's power. Of the Wise, only the pitiful Saruman coveted the Ring. He became enamoured of it while researching for the White Council and his interest in the Ring and jealosy of Gandalf turned to desire and his desire caused his corruption. It wasn't a Sauron or a Balrog thing. It was choices offered and choice made. Gandalf, Elrond, Galadriel... all had the Ring in their grasp and denied it. What do you think Saruman would have done if Frodo had offered it to him????? Really!!Originally posted by SarumansTreason
Okay, let me restate this. Saruman did things that were caused by the ring. Basically everything evil in middle earth was the same thing. We have two evil things, Balrog and Sauron. Everything else is not evil, they just are corrupted by one or the other. Moreso the latter. Meaning, every character besides The Balrog or Sauron had good intentions.
So while you are right that Saruman is corrupted by the Ring. I would submit that according to LotR, corruption = evil, and therefore Saruman is evil, just as Sauron is evil. Good intentions at the outset mean very little if they are betrayed by subsequent actions and choices. And we all know that good intentions are known to pave a certain road to some fiery depths....We cannot use the Ruling Ring. That we now know too well. It belongs to Sauron and was made by him alone, and is altogether evil. Its strength, Boromir, is too great for anyone to wield at will, save only those who have already a great power of their own. But for them it holds an even deadlier peril. The very desire of it corrupts the heart. Consider Saruman. If any of the Wise should with this Ring overthrow the Lord of Mordor, using his own arts, he would then set himself on Sauron's throne, and yet another Dark Lord would appear. And that is another reason why the Ring should be destroyed: as long as it is in the world it will be a danger even to the Wise. For nothing is evil in the beginning. Even Sauron was not so.