Forum:The White Council
"Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age", Tolkien fleshes out some of the history briefly tabulated by date in Appendix B of The Lord of the Rings. Gandalf early suspected that the Necromancer of Dol Guldur was not a Nazgûl but Sauron himself. He went to Dol Guldur (in T.A. 2063) to discover the truth, but the Necromancer withdrew before him. The Necromancer returned to Dol Guldur with greater force in T.A. 2460, and the White Council was formed in response (T.A. 2463). Galadriel had hoped Gandalf would lead the Council, but Gandalf refused, declining to be bound by any but the Valar who sent him. Saruman was chosen instead, as being most knowledgeable about Sauron's work in the Second Age.
Gandalf returned to Dol Guldur in T.A. 2850 "at great peril" and learned that the Necromancer was indeed Sauron returned. (This is when Gandalf found Thráin the Dwarf imprisoned in Dol Guldur and recovered the map and key to Erebor before Thráin died.) The following year the White Council was summoned, and Gandalf urged that Sauron be driven out. Saruman however reassured the Council that Sauron's evident desire to find the Ring would fail, as the Ring would long since have been carried by Anduin to the Sea; and the matter was allowed to rest. But at this time Saruman himself began actively seeking the Ring near the Gladden Fields where Isildur had been killed, not far from Dol Guldur.
The chapter 'Istari', initially written as part of the Appendices of The Lord of the Rings, develops the history of Gandalf, and his place in Tolkien's wider fiction.—Unsigned comment by 18.104.22.168 (talk • contribs).
- Where are you getting at? Sage 22:02, 23 February 2009 (UTC)