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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Was it the ring that gave Sauron all of his strength? [duplicate]

Sauron was defeated by Isildur but he did not die. I suppose because the ring was taken from him but it was not destroyed. Having lost the ring how did he begin to gain power again? Did the ring have ...
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Why didn't Sauron signal the Orcs that Frodo and Sam were at Mount Doom?

Sauron literally put his eye directly on Frodo and I'm sure he knew Frodo had the Ring, and even if he didn't, why didn't he signal the Orcs to go after Frodo and Sam? He literally just let them ...
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Why didn't Sauron make another ring to replace the One Ring? [duplicate]

When Sauron returned to Mordor, he had his forge, Mount Doom, and probably all of the tools that he has used to make the One Ring, so why didn't he just create a second Ring? Was it because he put too ...
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Why could Sauron only detect the One Ring if someone wore it? [duplicate]

As has been noted in many instances Sauron was searching for the One Ring and it has been subtly suggested that the ring itself was trying to get back to Sauron. That's why it deserted Gollum after ...
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Why was the One Ring of Sauron unadorned?

In this question we learn a great deal about the differences between the rings of power in Middle Earth. Here it's also quoted: "The Nine, the Seven, and the Three," he said, "had each their ...
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Does the Eye of Sauron have special powers?

Specifically, besides granting Sauron spectator mode of the Battle at the Black Gate, does it grant any combat bonuses to his troops or penalties to Aragorn's army? Feel free to answer this question ...
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What is the evidence for Sauron's love of Law and Order?

[I]t had been [Sauron's] virtue (and therefore also the cause of his fall, and of his relapse) that he loved order and coordination, and disliked all confusion and wasteful friction. (src: ...
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Why did Sauron join Morgoth?

Morgoth became a powerful baddie before Sauron decided to join him. From the wiki, it mentions that Sauron had a: "love of order and perfection, disliking anything wasteful." Which he could make ...
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How can an eyeball control an army? [duplicate]

In The Lord of the Rings films, Sauron has an army he is controlling to do his bidding. But he is only a great big eyeball. So how can he tell them what to do?
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What race did Sauron in LOTR fear the most and why?

In the LOTR series and pre-history, which of the major race(s) did Sauron himself fear the most? And why?
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Do you need to claim the one ring for your own to be detected by Sauron? [duplicate]

Sam - Near Crith Ungol: Sam puts on ring and " Sam hurled himself against the bolted brazen plates and fell senseless to the ground. He was out in the darkness" He put the ring on before he goes ...
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Is “The Lord Of The Rings” really Sauron? [duplicate]

The Lord Of The Rings appears to be the "One Ring" not Sauron! Sauron himself can't control any ring without one ring. Sauron appears to have no power over the elven rings! If anyone who has enough ...
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How did Sauron communicate through the palantír?

Did he possess one of the Palantíri at Barad-dûr? Or could he just "tap into" Palantír conversations at his will?
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Was Sauron's defeat (or victory) seemingly predetermined?

Leaving aside the quest to destroy the ring; but rather approaching the war from Sauron's perspective: is the winner of the conflict already pretty much guaranteed? Sauron always assumed that a ...
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Is there a list of the names used for Sauron in Lord of the Rings?

In the preface to The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, authors Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull mention a surprising fact: Dr. Richard E. Blackwelder once counted in The Lord of the ...
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Did Sauron and Finrod Felagund really get into a singing fight?

In The Silmarillion, in the chapter "Of Beren and Lúthien", we read of what can only be called a singing fight, at least if we take the account at face value. I won't repeat it in its entirety, but ...
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Did Sauron hold the 7 and the 9?

In The Lord of the Rings Galadriel refers to Sauron as the holder of the 7 and the 9. But it also says in the appendices that dragons had consumed some. Is there a definitive answer to this ...
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They defeated a ring-bearing Sauron once, why couldn't they do it again?

Why did everyone believe that if Sauron reclaimed the One Ring the world would succumb to him, just like that? Didn't he already fail twice in attempts at world domination, and once even while ...
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Is there any plate armor in Tolkien's world?

As far as I can recall, no one ever wears plate armor in The Lord of the Rings - only leather and chain mail. But most depictions of Sauron and Morgoth show them wearing heavy black plate armor - ...
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Did Tolkien ever write that Sauron killed Shagrat?

Many wiki entries, as well as many other sources about Shagrat (one of the Orc captains who captured Frodo outside Shelob's lair) say he was killed by Sauron shortly after Frodo's escape. In the ...
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Was the Stone of Minas Tirith still dangerous after Sauron was destroyed?

In the sad chapter of The Return of the King in which the Fellowship parts for the last time, Pippin says he wishes that they could use Palantiri to keep in touch. Aragorn dismisses this idea: ...
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Did Sauron literally anticipate the arrival of the Istari?

In Eregion Sauron posed as an emissary of the Valar, sent by them to Middle-earth ("thus anticipating the Istari") or ordered by them to remain there to give aid to the Elves. (Unfinished Tales ...
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How would Sauron have contacted Smaug?

I asked this question a while back and received some very good responses about the status of Sauron in Morgoth's army, and what Smaug might have done in the scenario. If the question was still fairly ...
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Why did Sauron react the way he did when Frodo put the Ring on inside Mount Doom?

As I have mentioned before, I am only reading the LotR books for the first time right now, and I am only halfway through the second book at the moment, so my knowledge of the third book is based ...
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Why didn't Sauron get personally, bodily involved in the events of Lord of the Rings? [duplicate]

As has been said in response to many questions on this board, such as this one, the big fiery eye from the movies was not Sauron's true physical form in the books. He had a real, roughly humanoid, ...
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What did Sauron mean when he “talked” to Pippin?

When Pippin... um... 'borrows' the Palantir taken from Orthanc, he hears (for lack of a better word) Sauron say the following in his head: Tell Saruman that this dainty is not for him. I will send ...
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How had Saruman “cheated” Sauron?

In the book The Two Towers, when Gandalf confronts Saruman after Isengard is destroyed, Gandalf urges Saruman to surrender, more or less, and lists the reasons why he should do so: Isengard is in ...
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Could Aule the Smith destroy the One Ring? [closed]

I've always wondered. Sauron studied under Aule the Smith before he went evil. Assuming that the Valar would allow the Ring to come to Valinor, and assuming that none of them tried to take it, and ...
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What information did Saruman have access to that helped him learn the arts of the Enemy?

Saruman is said to have long studied the arts of the enemy. Do these arts consist solely of Ring lore? Or do they consist of other evil technologies/sorceries that Sauron invented? If he had ...
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What would Sauron have done had he recovered the Ring?

Assuming one of Sauron's servants managed to recover the ring, what exactly would Sauron do with it? He had no physical body to manipulate it and no finger to put it on. I guess he would have ...
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Why does Sauron send Grishnakh instead of a Nazgul to deal with Saruman's Uruk-hai? [duplicate]

This again is another strange decision on Sauron's part, we know from Grishnakh and the fact Legolas killed a fell beast that there is at least one Nazgul on the eastern side of the Anduin, possibly ...
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Did Sauron know the hobbit Ringbearers' identities?

If I recall correctly, it was Gollum's arrival in Mordor and spilling of various beans that allowed Sauron to know Bilbo had taken the Ring. But I can't see how he could have been told that it had ...
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Were the Nazgul invisible to Sauron when he did not wear the Ring?

When speaking about the Nazgul the Silmarillion states And they became forever invisible save to him that wore the Ruling Ring, and they entered into the realm of shadows. Does this mean that ...
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Why did Sauron send his armies immediately when Aragorn challenged him?

In the RoTK movie Gandalf even says "Sauron will suspect a trap".Even if the thought of someone trying to destroy the ring doesn't ever cross Sauron's mind, there was no need to immediately respond to ...
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Did Sauron end his service to Morgoth after he lost Tol Sirion or did he earn back his master's trust?

From reading the Silmarillion I had thought that Sauron disappeared and ended his service to Morgoth once he lost Tol Sirion to Luthien and Huan. However, after reading through the Lays of Leithian ...
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Tolkien calls Sauron Morgoth's Greatest Servant - But does he ever really earn that with his actions?

Alright, so there is a great, incredibly well informed community here so let me ask a question that's been bothering me since I finished the Silmarillion. I'll lay out my reasoning for why it's a ...
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Why did the Elvish Rings of Power lose their power? [duplicate]

The wiki for Nenya says of the 3 elvish rings, Their existence was hidden from Sauron, so they were untouched by his evil. It also says, After the destruction of the One Ring and the defeat ...
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Why was the ring necessary for Sauron to control Middle Earth? [duplicate]

Sauron seems to have quite a bit of power while he does not have the ring. What does the one ring in his possession allow him to do that he cannot without it? He still controls thousands of orcs, ...
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What exactly does Sauron speak in “The Battle of the Five Armies”?

According to sources about Black Speech, there was a single line invented for the LotR movies (the one where Sauron tells Frodo that there's no life in void). However, in The Battle of the Five ...
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Why are more rings of power not forged?

Why is it that more rings of this nature/power could not be made again? Are there no elven smith's left with the capability? How were the rings of power "enchanted" with their magical properties to ...
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Would Smaug have actually followed and allied with Sauron had he lived on?

I know Gandalf was worried Smaug would have joined Sauron, but was that just him being cautious? Would Smaug actually join up with Sauron? How does he benefit from that? All it does is bring more ...
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Did Sauron battle with the White Council in Dol Guldur?

The White Council arrives in Dol Guldur and drives Sauron out, causing him to flee back into Mordor. In The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Sauron attacks Gandalf and overthrows him (in his big scary fog ...
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Why was Sauron's return to Dol Guldur a surprise?

This question addresses why (or whether) Gandalf was surprised at Sauron's return to Mordor at the beginning of Fellowship, but I'm wondering about events before that. When the Necromancer was in Dol ...
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Do the Ring Wraiths love Sauron?

Is it known in cannon how the Ring Wraiths felt about Sauron? They were his servants and he had complete control over them since he had the nine rings. My question is generally, do they have feelings ...
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Is Sauron using his full power?

So Sauron is a maia. The maia were forbidden to use their full power. But there is nothing that restricts Sauron of using the full extent of the maia power. It was said that the maiar were forbidden, ...
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Was Sauron's body destroyed before or after the ring was cut from his hand?

I'm a bit confused as to the ordering of events leading to Sauron's demise at the end of the second age. From the Silmarillion it appears that Sauron was hewn down by Gil-galad and Elendil, and ...
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Why is Gandalf surprised at Sauron's return in LoTR Fellowship (movie)?

In the movies, it is clear that Gandalf suspects, in An Unexpected Journey and even more so in The Desolation of Smaug, that Sauron has begun his return (especially when Sauron captures Gandalf in Dol ...
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What would standing on top of Barad-dur, or relatively close to the Eye of Sauron, feel like? [closed]

Besides probably being hot, would there be any adverse effects if one were to stand on top of Barad-dur, close to the Eye of Sauron?
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What if Sauron reacquired the One Ring? [closed]

If Sauron reacquired his ring, took control over Middle-Earth and its people, would the Valar, Maiar (besides the Istari) or Eru himself have intervened to stop him? Does any of the text say what ...
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Who did the Elves think Annatar (Sauron) was?

Sauron posed in fair form to the Elves as "Annatar" (Lord of Gifts). Considering many of the elves Annatar appeared to have probably been alive for hundreds or even thousands of years, who did they ...