Sauron is the primary antagonist of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, as well as being the Lord of the Rings in question. He also features in Tolkien's other writings, including the Hobbit and the Silmarillion.

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In the movies, is Sauron's armor correctly portrayed?

Is there in the books or on Tolkien's letters a description of Sauron's armor during the first or third age, when he was not trying to "seduce" other races? Is it accurately portrayed in the ...
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Who is the oldest character in LotR trilogy? [closed]

Who is the oldest character in the trilogy, what is his role, race and powers?
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What is the origin of Dol Goldur, and why did Sauron start there?

Who built the fortress of Dol Goldur, and when was it built? And was it always a place for evil, or Sauron just occupied it? Despite the fact that Mordor is much better fortified; artificially by the ...
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Is there any particular reason why Gandalf got resurrected in the forest, and so did Sauron (Dol Goldur)? [closed]

When Gandalf got resurrected as Gandalf the White, he got resurrected in the forest. Sauron also got resurrected in the forest to take a fortress there, Dol Goldur. Might not be the same forest but.. ...
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Why didn't Sauron find Bilbo when he put on the ring like Frodo?

When Frodo put on the One Ring, both the Nazgul and Sauron himself found Frodo. However when Bilbo had the ring and possibly used it many times, Sauron sought Gollum to get a hint on where to look for ...
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Why did Sauron keep Mount Doom alive after forging of the One Ring?

Sauron knew that the one ring would be destroyed ONLY in mount doom where it was forged. Why did he keep mount doom alive? Wasn't the risk of keeping mount doom too high? From Sauron's perspective, ...
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What happened to the Orcs after the Ring was destroyed and Sauron was defeated?

It certainly seems that the Orcs are always evil. So what happened when their master (Sauron) was defeated at the end of Lord of the Rings? I can't really imagine that either they would be entirely ...
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Why is Sauron called “the Necromancer”?

During the time period of The Hobbit, a character is mentioned called the Necromancer. Radagast even (in the movie) specifically states that the Necromancer can "summon the spirits of the dead." ...
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How do I pronounce “Sauron”?

I have always pronounced Sauron like 'S-ow-ron', after reading Appendix E of the Lord of the Rings, but now I just listened to this recording of Tolkien reciting the Eagles' Song, and it sounds like ...
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How is Smaug aware that there is a war coming when all he did was lie in all the dwarves gold at Erebor?

How is Smaug aware of the fact that there is a war coming when all he has done is lie amongst the gold that he stole from the dwarves at Erebor? He mentions that there is a war coming but how would ...
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How does Gandalf the Grey escape from the clutches of Sauron at the end of The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug?

How does Gandalf escape from the cage that imprisoned him at the end of The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug? Is he saved by Radagast? (I’m afraid I have not yet read the book.)
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Why did Sauron keep the road to the Cracks of Doom maintained so well?

In Return of the King, we learn that Sauron keeps the road from Barad-dur to the Cracks of Doom in very good condition. Since Oroduin errupts every so often, lava and rocks have to be cleared off and ...
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Why did Sauron blow up if he only had his fingers cut off?

In the Lord of the Rings why did Sauron blow up when he only had his fingers cut off?
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Did Gandalf wear his Ring of Power throughout the trilogy?

After Gandalf discovered that Sauron was back and sent Frodo on his quest to Rivendell, did he continue to wear Narya(of the Three Rings)? It seems like a huge risk to continue to wear it after the ...
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How did Sauron not know about the ring?

It says in the fellowship of the ring that Sauron learned that the One Ring was still in existence, partially from Gollum. Gandalf says during his explanation to Frodo that "he believed the one had ...
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Why did Sauron not notice the Phial used by Sam to defeat Shelob?

When Samwise is fighting Shelob, he eventually fends her off with the Phial of Galadriel. I can only imagine that explosions of Elven magic are a rare thing in Mordor and should have alerted the ...
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Was the “Eye of Sauron” Sauron's actual physical form?

During the time frame of the Lord of the Rings, was the Eye of Sauron Sauron's actual physical form? If not, what form did he have? The Eye of Sauron
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The One Ring as an engagement ring?

The One Ring is clearly a corrupting power in Middle Earth. Even the hobbits that are more resistant to corruption are eventually affected by its influence (Frodo, as an example, of course). The ...
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The One Ring and Númenor

Did Sauron have his great Ring while in Númenor? How did he save it then, while in spirit form? He ... fell into the abyss. But Sauron was not of mortal flesh, and though he was robbed now of ...
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Does Frodo believe he can challenge Sauron?

In the Two Towers, when hiding outside Minas Morgul while the Lord of the Nazgul is passing, Frodo has these thoughts: He knew that the Ring would only betray him, and that he had not, even if ...
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How did Sauron survive before the ring was created?

Sauron's ring was destroyed by Frodo and he was defeated. How did he create the ring in the first place if he couldn't survive without it?
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Can Sauron's body from the second age with the ring of power be destroyed without separating the ring?

Its depicted that because Isildur chopped Sauron's fingers off and Sauron consequently lost his ring, his body died. But if someone managed to sneak up behind him and strike some fatal blows to him, ...
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Would Sauron's army reach the Undying Lands if the Ring was not destroyed?

Frodo casts the Ring into Mount Doom and saves Middle Earth. Subsequently he-- along with Gandalf and all the Elves-- exits Middle Earth and goes to a place called the Undying Lands, the haven for the ...
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Could Tom Bombadil have defeated Sauron?

There is evidence that Tom Bombadil is unaffected by the One Ring's power and he has magical ways about him that can't be explained. It seems that Tom did not participate actively in the War of the ...
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How powerful is Sauron post-ring vs. pre-ring?

Sauron was one of the Maiar, from the dawn of creation. At some point he had a mortal body, lost in the fall of Númenor. He later guided the creation of the Rings, then made the One Ring personally. ...
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What Happened to Mordor After Sauron's Defeat?

The Lord of the Rings Wikia notes the following about Mordor following Sauron's defeat: After the ultimate defeat of Sauron, Mordor became mostly empty again as the orcs inside it fled or were ...
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How Big Is the Eye of Sauron?

I've read up to chapter ten, Strider, in The Fellowship of the Ring, on a quest to re-read LOTR. I haven't read the trilogy and The Hobbit since I was a kid, so I haven't gotten to any parts featuring ...
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Why Didn't Sauron Become Invisible While Wearing the One Ring?

I'm curious as to why Sauron is the only being/person shown wearing the One Ring who does not become invisible? Isildur, Gollum, Bilbo, Frodo, and Samwise all become invisible while wearing the One ...
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How did Sauron remain in control of the Nazgûl?

The One Ring gave Sauron control of the Nine, yet when it was taken from him he still possessed the power to control them (or, at least he regained it towards the end of the third age). Why is this? ...
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Did Sauron survive?

According to Tolkien himself Sauron had a physical form in the third age: ...in a tale which allows the incarnation of great spirits in a physical and destructible form their power must be far ...
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Why didn't Sauron fight in the final battle?

As depicted in the trilogy: Sauron did not lead his army to Minas Tirith He did not defend the gates of Mordor from Aragon's army In fact, he was never physically involved in (any) battle ever ...
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Did Sauron give any care to Saruman or was he just a pawn?

Did Sauron make any sort of promise or guarantee to Saruman to gain his fealty? Did Saruman consider himself an equal to Sauron? He seemed to control a reasonable Orc army, but were they actually ...
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What would happen to an Elf if they had used one of the Three while Sauron had the One

Would they become wraiths and dominated by Sauron, or would they just be able to be mind-read.?