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August 3, 2000
Saruon vs. Saruman Name
How should Jackson address the confusingly similar names of
the two bad guys, Sauron and Saruman?
The first time I read LotR, I was half-way through the story before I realized that Sauron
and Saruman were two different people.
Ralph Bakshi's solution in his animated movie was to rename Saruman as "Aruman."
My solution would be to drop the name Sauron altogether. The good guys would refer to him
as The Enemy and the bad guys would call him The Lidless Eye. Saruman would stay Saruman:
his more formal name is unpronounceable.
Or, Sauron could be renamed "Morgoth." This would be less offensive then
"Aruman" and we would all know the reason for the name change.