45 Facts About Sauron


Tolkien, while denying that absolute evil could exist, stated that Sauron came as near to a wholly evil will as was possible.

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Sauron is briefly seen in a humanoid form in Peter Jackson's film trilogy, which otherwise shows him as a disembodied, flaming Eye.

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Sauron was of a "far higher order" than the Maiar who later came to Middle-earth as the Wizards, such as Gandalf and Saruman.

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Sauron served Aule, the smith of the Valar, acquiring much knowledge; he was at first called Mairon until he joined Melkor.

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Sauron was drawn to the power of Melkor, who attracted him by seeming to have power to "effect his designs quickly and masterfully", as Sauron hated disorder.

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Sauron became a spy for Melkor on the isle of Almaren, the dwelling-place of the Valar.

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Sauron left the Blessed Realm and went to Middle-earth, the central continent of Arda, where Melkor had established his stronghold.

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Sauron became Morgoth's capable servant, helping him in all the "deceits of his cunning".

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Sauron hid in Middle-earth, repaired Angband, and began breeding Orcs.

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Sauron directed the war against the Elves, conquering the Elvish fortress of Minas Tirith on the isle of Tol Sirion in Beleriand.

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Sauron, transformed into a werewolf, battled Huan, who took him by the throat; he was defeated and left as a huge vampire bat.

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About 500 years into the Second Age, Sauron reappeared, intent on taking over Middle-earth and ruling it as a God-King.

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Enraged, Sauron initiated a great war and conquered much of the land west of Anduin.

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Sauron overran Eregion, killed Celebrimbor, and seized the Seven and the Nine Rings of Power.

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Sauron besieged Imladris, battled Khazad-dum and Lothlorien, and pushed further into Gil-galad's realm.

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Sauron fortified Mordor and completed the Dark Tower of Barad-dur.

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Sauron distributed the remaining rings of the Seven and the Nine to lords of Dwarves and Men, respectively.

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Sauron used his influence to undermine the religion of Numenor, making people worship Melkor with human sacrifice; Sauron was his high priest.

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Sauron convinced Ar-Pharazon to attack Aman by sea to steal immortality from the Valar.

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Sauron captured Minas Ithil and destroyed the White Tree; Elendil's son Isildur escaped down the Anduin.

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Finally Sauron came out to fight Elendil and Gil-galad face to face.

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Sauron spent a thousand years as a shapeless, dormant evil.

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Sauron concealed himself in the south of Mirkwood as the Necromancer, in the stronghold of Dol Guldur, "Hill of Sorcery".

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Saruman, seeking power, used Orthanc's palantir, and was corrupted by Sauron; Saruman desired the Ring for himself in the hopes that he could rule Middle-earth at the Dark Lord's side before overthrowing him.

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Sauron captured Gollum, who had left his cave a few years after losing the Ring in search of his "precious", and learned that the Ring had been found by a Hobbit named "Baggins".

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Sauron tasked Frodo and his friend Sam Gamgee with taking the Ring to Rivendell.

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Sauron sent the Nazgul to the Shire; they pursued Frodo, who escaped to Rivendell.

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Sauron's army was destroyed at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.

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Sauron was initially able to change his appearance at will, but when he became Morgoth's servant, he took a sinister shape.

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Sauron took on a beautiful appearance at the end of the First Age to charm Eonwe, near the beginning of the Second Age when appearing as Annatar to the Elves, and again near the end of the Second Age to corrupt the men of Numenor.

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Sauron's Orcs bore the symbol of the Eye on their helmets and shields, and referred to him as the "Eye" because he did not allow his name to be written or spoken, according to Aragorn.

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The prototype or precursor Sauron-figure was a giant monstrous cat, the Prince of Cats.

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Gwenyth Hood, writing in Mythlore, compares Sauron to Count Dracula from Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula.

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Sauron was king of the evil Fomoire, who like Sauron were evil spirits in hideously ugly bodies.

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Sauron is shown as a large humanoid figure clad in black armour when he forges and possesses the Ring, but appears only as the disembodied Eye throughout the rest of the storyline.

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Sauron appears as the Necromancer in Jackson's The Hobbit film adaptations, where he is voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Sauron appears in the form of his eye in The Lego Batman Movie voiced by Jemaine Clement.

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Sauron is one of the many pre-existing villains the Joker frees from the Phantom Zone to run amok in Gotham City.

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Sauron's rise to power in the Second Age is portrayed in the Amazon Prime prequel series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

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Sauron appears disguised as the non-canonical character Halbrand, played by Charlie Vickers.

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Sauron appears in the merchandise of the Jackson films, including computer and video games.

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Sauron is a playable character in games such as The Lord of the Rings: Conquest, voiced by Jon Olson.

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Sauron appears in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and its sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of War, voiced by Steve Blum.

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Eye of Sauron is mentioned in The Stand, a post-apocalyptic novel written by Stephen King.

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The idea of Sauron as a sleepless eye that watches and seeks the protagonists influenced King's epic fantasy series The Dark Tower; its villain, the Crimson King, is a similarly disembodied evil presence whose icon is an eye.

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