The ideal Saruman – the Saruman perhaps of his first thousand years in Middle-earth – would therefore have been a second (lesser) Aulë. He would have been a mender and a reforger of the broken or twisted, labouring to undo the work of the Dark Lord. In this way, without breaking the Istari’s ban against directly confronting Sauron, Saruman could have played a significant part in restoring the beauty and order of Aulë’s original intention for the physical world.
From Chapter 4 - 'The Istari'
To be published by Oloris Publishing on 18th November