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Saruman the White (Curunír Lán in Sindarin) was the first of his order of Wizards (or Istari) who came to Middle-earth as Emissaries of the Valar in the Third Age. He was the leader of the White Council. His name meant Man of skill.
In appearance, Saruman was as an old man with black hair. At the end of the Third Age, his hair and beard had turned mostly white—he had only black hairs about his lips and ears. He was tall, his face was long, and his eyes were deep and dark. He would appear in a hooded white cloak; later, he changed into a cloak that changed colours as he moved.