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I am curious to know if the magical lava of Mount Doom would have had any magical effect on a ringless Sauron if he had decided to jump into it.

As far as to why he would ever do this, let’s just say hypothetically that he had gotten the sudden urge to commit suicide.

We know that the magical lava can destroy the One Ring, but could it also destroy the essence of Sauron or sever his connection to Middle-earth sending his spirit back into the Void?

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    In the movies Sauron seems to be an actual eye. In the books, he is essentially just a presence in Mordor, and probably has all the jumping capabilities of a disembodied presence. So it really depends on what you're asking about. If you mean the movies, then perhaps some orcs could throw the eye into lava, but I'm guessing Peter Jackson couldn't give you a better response than "meh, I dunno." – Misha R Mar 16 at 19:02
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    Since when is the lava magical? What makes you say that? @Misha in the movies he’s portrayed by an eye but if you want to claim that as some form of canon, then he’s shown to have form in The Hobbit and in deleted scenes. – Edlothiad Mar 16 at 19:02
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    Even without considering that after losing the Ring, where he put a large share of his power, Sauron was not powerful enough to take a corporeal form and lived as a "spirit", what real reason would he had to suddenly try to jump into lava? I don't think that this question could have an answer, for what I know a suicidal Sauron is not something that Tolkien ever considered. – Sekhemty Mar 16 at 19:04
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    No, it was the fires in which it was made that was hot enough to melt it. – Edlothiad Mar 16 at 19:17
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    @user255577 It depends on what you mean by came back. If he got his ring back and somehow managed to become corporeal again, then left the ring on the table, and then jumped into the fire, then he might be killed. But then he would survive as an incorporeal spirit until the ring is destroyed. It's essentially the premise behind LotR, except for the volcano suicide part. I don't think there is any notion in the story that the fires of My. Doom would super-kill him, rather than just kill him. – Misha R Mar 16 at 19:21
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Quick Answer: No, the fires of Mount Doom would not have any extra-special effect on Sauron.

The One Ring was made in Mount Doom, and can only be unmade in Mount Doom, but this is purely a property of the “magical” way the Ring was created, there is nothing in the writings to suggest that Mount Doom has some sort of special “spirit destroying power”. If Sauron were to jump into the lava, his body would be “killed”, just like it was killed by his epic battle with Elendil and Gil-Galad. This would NOT be good for Sauron at all, considering how long it took him to reform and regain his power the last time it happened. But, of course, his immortal spirit would live on, and with so much of his power bound into the still-intact Ring, he would be very likely to eventually reform.

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    I'm not sure we can even say with certainty that the reason for Mount Doom being special is magical. It's possible that the fire of Mount Doom is just far hotter than the ring can withstand - Mount Doom basically being the only place where that kind of temperature can be found. The ring was made in a way that allows it to endure extreme heat; for that, it needed to be made in super extreme heat, and could only be melted by super extreme heat. – Misha R Mar 16 at 22:43
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    One of the properties of real-world magic (at least, the beliefs that underly it) is that like attracts or affects like. There probably isn't anything special about Mount Doom other than that's where the Ring was made, so that's where it could be unmade as well. Of course, there may have been some magical properties about Mount Doom that made it a useful (or necessary) location to make the Ring there in the first place, but we don't need to presume any specific type of magic that would affect Sauron himself in anyway. – chepner Mar 16 at 22:56

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