Questions tagged [sauron]

Use this tag when asking about the primary antagonist of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, not just for questions with 'Sauron' in them. Should also be used in conjunction with the [tolkiens-legendarium] tag. Also tag with [the-lord-of-the-rings] where appropriate.

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Could Sauron have read Tom Bombadil's mind if Tom had held the Palantir?

Imagine an alternate version of The Return of the King, in which Gandalf travels to Tom Bombadil's house after the Battle of Helm's Deep/Hornburg in order to give the Palantir to Tom for safekeeping. ...
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Is Sauron a lesser type of god? [closed]

Since he is a powerful being who is seemingly supernatural, could he be considered a god of some type?
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Why did Sauron's tower fall?

When Sauron is finally defeated near the end of Return of the King, why does his tower collapse? Is the collapse of the tower what triggers the ground collapse that (conveniently) consumes only his ...
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Why did Sauron die when the Ring was destroyed in Mount Doom?

When Isildur cut the One Ring from Sauron's hand, he returned again. But when Frodo went to Mount Doom and accidentally Gollum cast the Ring along with himself, Sauron was defeated and never came back ...
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What would have happened to Saruman if Sauron acquired the One Ring?

This question is the opposite of another one. The other question asks "What would happen to Saruman if he got the One Ring?" and this one asks what would happen to Saruman if Sauron got the One Ring. ...
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Did Sauron prefer his name not to be written or spoken?

In the Wikipedia entry for Uruk-Hai, it states that some Uruk-Hai had an elf rune, equivalent to the letter "S", painted on them. It then states: It was clear the "S" stood for Saruman, considering ...
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Why did Sauron's army choose to march at the exact moment Frodo crossed the watchers?

It seems like an extraordinary coincidence that Sauron's army set off for Minas Tirith precisely when Frodo crossed the line between the watchers. It was practically to the second! (You know - the ...
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Why did Sauron think that no one in possession of the One Ring would want to destroy it?

In The Two Towers Gandalf says to Aragorn Indeed he is in great fear, not knowing what mighty one may suddenly appear, wielding the Ring, and assailing him with war, seeking to cast him down and ...
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Could an Elf kill Sauron in single combat?

An elf named Glorfindel killed a Balrog in the First Age. Balrogs are Maiar that were corrupted by Morgoth. We know they can be killed by powerful beings, like the wizards, in single combat because ...
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Any indication what Sauron would do with the One Ring if he possessed it again? [duplicate]

Sauron seems hell bent on getting back the One Ring. Any word on what he planned to do with it? The question linked as duplicate is about Sauron wearing the ring, which isn't really what I am going ...
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Did Sauron's mercenaries know they were fighting for a supernatural force?

Later in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the forces of Gondor, the elves, Aragorn, etc. go up against human mercenaries from distant lands. Did the mercenaries have any inkling that they were fighting ...
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Who is Sauron's second-in-command?

Is the Witch king of Angmar or the Mouth of Sauron the chief lieutenant of Mordor? (similar to Darth Sidious and Darth Vader) During the War of the Ring, the Witch King leads Sauron's army in the ...
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Why didn't Sauron attack the Beacons of Gondor?

I was just finishing the audio books of The Lord of the Rings and I'm a little bit confused. When Sauron's armies march to Minas Tirith they light the beacons to warn their neighbours and send a ...
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Why were Sauron and Saruman not considered Balrogs?

Balrogs are Maiar who were corrupted by Melkor to become evil. Sauron was also a Maia who was corrupted by Melkor and became evil, and Saruman was a Maia who was corrupted by Sauron to become evil. ...
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In the end of LOTR, why does the Eye of Sauron burn so vigorously after the Ring gets destroyed?

In The Return of the King, after the Ring got tossed into the fires of Mount Doom, the Eye of Sauron burst into flames, and the tower of Barad-dûr then collapsed. Then then Eye shrank to a small point ...
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Did Sauron use telepathy (ósanwe) to interrogate Gollum?

Every now and then since the publication of the 'Ósanwe-kenta' I have wondered what events in Middle-Earth had links to telepathy. Besides the obvious - Frodo putting on the Ring on Amon Hen, Gandalf ...
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How did Sauron continue to hold the Nine after he was defeated in the Second Age?

The Nazgûl appeared during the Second Age. Long after that, Númenor was destroyed along with Sauron's physical form, and relatively shortly after that, Sauron was again vanquished by Isildur and his ...
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If somebody stole the nine rings from Sauron, could that person control the Ringwraiths?

This came up in the comments to another question. According to Letter #246 of J. R. R. Tolkien, Sauron ... still through their nine rings (which he held) had primary control of their wills. (...
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Could Sauron have created new Ringwraiths?

By the time of the War of the Ring, Sauron had retrieved and now held in his possession the Nine Rings of Men and (at least some of) the Seven Dwarven Rings. Since the Ringwraiths no longer possessed ...
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Who gave Sauron his name?

Sauron, of course, wasn't Sauron's original name. He was called Mairon the Admirable. Mairon was only given the name Sauron upon his defection to evil. The name Sauron was given in mockery of his ...
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What was Sauron reaching for?

In the films of Lord of the Rings, in the flashback to the battle where Isildur takes the ring from Sauron's hand, why was Sauron reaching towards Isildur, thus allowing him to cut off Sauron's finger?...
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What does Sauron want to do with the three Elvish Rings and why?

On the One Ring there is an inscription: One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. What does "bind them" mean in this context ...
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Who actually defeated Sauron in the War of the Last Alliance?

From the Tale of the Years, Appendix B of the Lord of the Rings, 3441 Sauron overthrown by Elendil and Gil-galad, who perished... I recall there being more information about the end of the Siege ...
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Construction of Dol Guldur [duplicate]

The land and forests encompassing Amon Lac appear to have been constantly part of the realm of the Silvan Elves from the start of the First Age until the second millienium of the Third Age. Aside from ...
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How did Sauron learn of the Three?

My understanding of ring lore is that Sauron, disguised as Annatar, Lord of Gifts, taught Celebrimbor and the elves of Eregion how to make rings of power, and together they made the Seven and the Nine....
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What happened to Sauron immediately after losing the One Ring? [duplicate]

I watched and read LotR and Hobbit and there is no mention of the events after the Last Alliance overthrew Sauron. I imagine that after Isildur cut off the Ring Sauron could be captured and for ...
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Why didn't Sauron “hide” the One Ring?

Okay, perhaps "hide" is the incorrect word here: but during the War of the Last Alliance, when his armies were shattered and the defences of his kingdom destroyed, why didn't Sauron at some stage ...
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Why did the Nazgûl not try to reclaim their rings from a weakened Sauron together? [duplicate]

It's mentioned in the Unfinished Tales that Sauron’s “mightiest servants, the Ring-wraiths, who had no will but his own, being each utterly subservient to the ring that had enslaved him, which ...
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How does Sauron rebuild his empire after losing the Ring?

In the opening of the Fellowship of the Ring (film), it's depicted that essentially, the Last Alliance went to Mordor, vanquished Sauron's armies, smashed his castles, and killed him, personally (...
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How did Sauron feed the armies of Mordor?

According to TolkienGateway.net, Mordor's troops consisted of some 18,000 Easterlings and Haradrim, several Haradrim war Oliphaunts, and tens of thousands of Orcs just for the Battle of the Pelennor ...
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What is the nature of an Ainu's fair form?

When Númenor was sunk, Sauron was forced to flee the island by abandoning his physical body so that his spirit could return to Middle-earth. It was said that, henceforth, he could no longer assume a ...
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Is the Eye of Sauron an artifact: similar to the Ring or to a Palantir?

In the trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien describes Sauron's fortress of Barad-dûr as having a high tower, within which there exists the Eye of Sauron. In the black abyss there appeared a ...
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Without Sauron, who would have been the biggest threat to middle earth? [closed]

If Sauron had been killed, or taken to the land of the Valar for punishment when Morgoth was finally beaten by the host of the Valar, would there have been an entire age of peace in middle earth, or ...
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Could Sauron find the ring and take it from far away?

I have recently read this passage in The Fellowship of the Ring He was kneeling in clear sunlight before the high seat. A black shadow seemed to pass like an arm above him; it missed Amon Hen and ...
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In The Hobbit, what was the original purpose of Sauron's army?

In the third Hobbit movie and in the book, the massive army of orcs and goblins from Dol Goldur and Gundabad march on The Lonely Mountain, resulting in the Battle of the Five Armies. My question is ...
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Why exactly does Sauron say this to Frodo in the movie?

"There is no life in the void, only death," says Sauron to Frodo immediately after a terrifying "I see you," when Frodo puts on the One Ring at the Prancing Pony in Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship ...
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Did Sauron detect Eru?

Tolkien writes in letter 192 that Eru directly intervened in the destruction of the ring (see the answer here). Was Sauron aware that Eru was there ready to step in and give a cheeky push to Gollum? ...
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What does Sauron need with mithril?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, IV A Journey in the Dark, Gandalf explains: The wealth of Moria was not in gold and jewels, the toys of the Dwarves; nor in iron, their servant. Such things ...
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Where did Sauron go after his defeat in the Second Age?

Sauron was defeated in the War of the Last Alliance and his spirit fled from his body. Where did he flee away and hide for thousands of years? Are there any details as to where he went or is it just ...
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Who killed Sauron? [duplicate]

Is it correct to state that Frodo killed Sauron? Which is the role of Gollum/Smeagol? Frodo was the one in charge of destroying the Ring in the flames of Mount Doom (Amon Amarth of Mordor), but Gollum ...
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Why would Sauron want the one ring back? (Canon reference?) [duplicate]

So, question should say everything, but I'll detail what answer I'm looking for. Including the "Rings of Power" that were forged by the elves under Sauron's guidance: 3 Rings for the Elves 7 Rings ...
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Was Sauron always evil?

Was Sauron the Dark lord, Enemy of the free peoples of Middle Earth, always evil, even back before he descended into Arda with his master Morgoth? Or was he corrupted and seduced by Morgoth into ...
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Aside from the Rings of Power, what else did Sauron make in his forge at Mount Doom?

We know that the forging power of Mount Doom was legendary and vastly powerful. And I see from other questions here that Sauron kept the forge at Mount Doom essentially crafting things. My question ...
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Was the Eye of Sauron a physical or metaphorical manifestation of Sauron's will?

There he took up again his great Ring in Barad-dûr, and dwelt there, dark and silent, until he wrought himself a new guise, an image of malice and hatred made visible; and the Eye of Sauron the ...
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Why does Sauron’s darkness over Gondor disperse before the set time?

In The Lord of the Rings, before his assault on Gondor (with the siege of Minas Tirith), Sauron sends a darkness from Mordor which cuts out the daylight. At the end of the Chapter 4, The Siege of ...
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Could somebody use the Ring to control or influence Sauron or the Nazgûl?

The book makes it quite clear that the One Ring could control the bearers of the lesser rings. We also know that Sauron had recaptured at least one of the seven dwarvish rings, presumably to use ...
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How does Sauron get away after the War of Wrath

In the Silmarillion is says that Sauron speaks to Eonwë after the war of wrath, so I assume Sauron is in captivity? Does it mention in any of the histories how he manages to escape? Given everything ...
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How much power can Sauron recover without the Ring?

Due to the essence he put into the Ring, Sauron's existence was forever bound to the Ring, but that doesn't mean that Sauron is powerless without it. When Sauron lost the Ring and the power within it,...
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Did the Ring give Sauron any powers apart from controlling the other rings of power? [duplicate]

Sauron was defeated multiple times while he was in possession of the Ring. What does the Ring actually allow Sauron to do that he could not do without it? Did it make him more powerful in battle? Did ...
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How large were Saruman's and Sauron's armies?

I was pondering about Saruman's role as an opportunist ally of Sauron, when I realized that I had absolutely no idea how strong his army was compared to Sauron. We know Saruman fielded an impressive ...