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White Council

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The White Council, or Council of the Wise, was a group of Elves and Wizards of Middle-earth, formed in 2463 TA. to contest the growing power of Dol Guldur at the request of Galadriel.

First White Council

The First White Council was formed after Sauron's defeat in Second Age 1701. The council did not include any of the Istari who had yet to come to Middle-earth. The main decision of the council was to abandon Eregion in favor of Imladris.

Second White Council

The Council's head was the Wizard Saruman the White. Other members of the Council included Gandalf the Grey, Galadriel, Círdan the Shipwright, Elrond Half-Elven, and Radagast the Brown.

In 2851 TA. the White Council met to decide on whether to act on Gandalf's discovery of the identity of the Necromancer but Saruman disuaded the others. Eventually Saruman relented and in 2941 TA. Sauron was driven out of Dol Guldur only to re-appear in Mordor. The Council last met in 2953 TA., at this meeting Saruman insists that the One Ring has been swept out to sea.

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