In the film (3.15), the Eye of Sauron sees Frodo on the corner of Mount Doom.

Maybe he didn't think that they are the ones trying to destroy the ring, but at least he sees someone who is a stranger in his land.

Shouldn't he react this situation in some way?

Edit: I am talking about this scene:

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    In the books Sauron (who is not a giant eyeball) doesn't "see" them until Frodo claims the ring. – ibid Mar 2 '16 at 20:35
  • @ibid Your comment also is worthy of at least 1000 up votes - but that too wouldn't be enough... But PJ. I think that says it all. – Pryftan Aug 9 '18 at 21:50

And far away, as Frodo put on the Ring and claimed it for his own, even in Sammath Naur at the very heart of his realm, the Power in Barad-dur was shaken, and the Tower trembled from its foundations to its proud and bitter crown. The Dark Lord was suddenly aware of him, and his Eye piercing all shadows looked across the plain to the door that he had made, and the magnitude of his own foll was revealed to him in a blinding flash, and all the devices of his enemies were at last laid bare. Then his wrath blazed in consuming flame, but his fear rose like a vast black smoke to choke him. For he knew his deadly peril and the thread on which his doom now hung.
From all his policies and webs of fear and treachery, from all his stratagems and wars his mind shook free; and throughout his realm a tremor ran, his slaved quailed, and his armies halted, and his captains suddenly steerless, bereft of will, wavered and despaired. For they were forgotten. The whole mind and purpose of the Power that weiled them was now bent with overwhelming force upon the Mountain. At his summons, wheeling with a rending cry, in a last desperate race there flew, faster than the winds, the Nazgul, the Ringwraiths, and with a storm of wings they hurtled southwards to Mount Doom.

He did respond -he sent the Nazgul. But he was too late, the Ring was eaten, and he was defeated.

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    @hereami Now you try typing that out on an iPad. – Mithical Mar 2 '16 at 20:56
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    Wow, you actually took out your book and copied that? 1337 skills – Hereami Mar 2 '16 at 20:58
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    @leth I've never watched the movies. What is that scene? – Mithical Mar 2 '16 at 21:20
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    @leth my point is, he wasn't aware of them until Frodo claimed the ring for himself. Maybe it's different in the movies. – Mithical Mar 2 '16 at 21:21
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    "The ring was eaten"? – Joe L. Mar 2 '16 at 22:02

The Book

In the book he doesn't spot Frodo untill it is too late because he is focused upon the fight between his forces and the armies of Gondor/Rohan who although outnumbered are still interesting enough to warrant watching. It is like if I was watching a film in which I knew the outcome (the fight) instead of two ants crawling across the floor (the hobbits). Also Sauron wanted to watch the defeat of his greatest enemies: the Numenoreans (probably spelt wrong) and Gandalf. In the book he only notices Frodo when he claims the Ring.

The Film

In the film he sees them but presumably doesn't know they have the ring and decides to ignore them for now and focus on more interesting things. They will probably get killed by orcs anyway.


If you watch it again, you will notice that the nazgul turn around to Mount Doom and attempt to take Frodo out. Now Sauron no longer has a powerful physical form (see the four fingers passage in the book) at that time and therefore cannot do anything about Frodo. So, he DOES react by calling the nazguls' attention to the situation, but he himself cannot do anything.

  • But it happen when the ring is thrown into Mount Doom not the eye see the Frodo. – Our Mar 2 '16 at 20:43
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    But he does have a body. scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/5977/… – AncientSwordRage Mar 2 '16 at 20:45
  • "or, if he does as was claimed by Smeagol (see the four fingers passage in the book), it is severely weakened" – Hereami Mar 2 '16 at 20:46
  • Even if he does, it is nowhere near significant enough or powerful enough to do anything about Frodo/Sam. – Hereami Mar 2 '16 at 20:48
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    @Leth The logic in the film doesn't work that well. – Bellerophon Mar 2 '16 at 21:26

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