Write a carefully organized, double-spaced essay of two to three pages in which you discuss the following topic. Be specific, and be sure that you are using evidence from the story to illustrate the points you want to make. Do not simply summarize the story.

Be sure that your essay has a clear thesis in the opening paragraph and that it uses specific details from the texts to support the points you make. Refer to the information on writing successful essays and the grading criteria for guidance in developing your essay.

Wormtongue is Saruman’s agent in Edoras, where he sits at the feet of the king as confidant and advisor. He is treacherous and sly. Analyze his methods, his strategies, his objectives, and his effectiveness. Use specific details to support your analysis.