As the head of the Order of the Istari, Saruman the White was tasked with orchestrating the defence of Middle-earth against the resurgence of the Dark Lord Sauron. Two centuries before the War of the Ring the pale Wizard was given the keys to Orthanc, an ancient tower of black stone ringed by a mighty wall at the foot of the Misty Mountains. Within this fortress he made his home, sitting upon a great carven throne.
Learned and powerful, Saruman devoted himself to studying the ways of his enemy, that he might therein devise a means of defeating him. To this end, he amassed within his tower a vast library of arcane knowledge. Of chief interest to Saruman was the mastery of ringcraft; for it was with the creation of the Rings of Power that the Dark Lord nearly conquered all of Middle-earth once before, and might yet again should he reclaim the missing One. Over the years he sought clues to the Ring’s whereabouts, hoping to be first to find it and perhaps wield its power for himself.
For even as he conferred and planned with his allies to stand against Sauron, in secret Saruman had become enamoured with the ways of his adversary, a fate hastened by his use of the Palantír of Orthanc. At first the Wizard had used the seeing stone to spy upon Mordor, but in time he came to commune directly with the Dark Lord. Contend as he might, Saruman was no match for his enemy. Pride blinded him to his own weakness, and Sauron, through lies and sheer force of will, made the White Wizard his vassal; an instrument to be wielded and ultimately discarded in his design to subjugate all free peoples of the world.
This was my 4th Saruman piece, so it was great to capture a seated pose this time around, concentrating on his intense communication with Sauron. Sculpting the ornate throne was a huge challenge: I started digitally and then transitioned to sculpting in plasticene over the 3D printed form to capture the nuances of the carved obsidian.
Please note: This product was designed and prototyped here at Weta Workshop. Images are of a pre-production prototype. Each piece is painted by hand and some variations will occur.
Limited Edition - Orders for this piece were open for a strictly limited time, from September 30 to October 14 (PDT). The final edition size was determined by the total number of orders made during this period. No more, no less.
SARUMAN THE WHITE ON THRONE SHIPPING UPDATE
Given the scale of this statue, we’re unable to immediately estimate an accurate shipping cost. This will be calculated once we receive the final weight and dimensions from the manufacturer prior to delivery. Shipping will show at the checkout as PENDING until then.
Saruman The White on Throne may be over-sized and not accepted by the international postal network. Therefore the following are indicative delivery costs based on dimensional (volumetric) pricing.
Closer to the intended arrival date of your statue in 2022 we will advise you the actual shipping cost.
We’ve done our very best to get an estimate on shipping dimensions and weight - we’re aiming to ship Saruman The White on Throne in one box:
610 x 450 x 1100 mm at 26Kg
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