Questions tagged [sauron]

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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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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." (It'...
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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 didn't Sauron guard Mount Doom?

This fact had always bugged me. When Frodo finally goes to the Cracks of Doom he is met with practically no resistance. This seems uncharacteristic of Sauron which in my humble opinion makes it a tiny ...
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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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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?
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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 since ...
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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 take ...
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Does Sauron have any dialogue in any of the books?

In The Lord of the Rings film adaptions, you can hear Sauron's voice at some points but it's often hard to hear it very well. You can also hear him quite clearly in The Lego Batman Movie, although I ...
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Why does Gollum calling the ring his own not alert Sauron?

This (and others eg: this ) answer states that Frodo claiming the ring alerted Sauron immediately of its position, which makes sense: How else would Sauron realize where the Ring and Frodo were at ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Without a physical form, 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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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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Why do Sauron's servants sometimes use the name "Sauron"?

Why do some of the Dark Lord's servants refer to him as "Sauron", such as his emissar, The Mouth of Sauron, and some of his agents sent to the dwarves: "'As a small token only of your friendship ...
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What did Sauron hope to become?

Sauron is the Dark Lord, and he dwells in a dark land with foul creatures and horrible smells. But does he really hope to be a hopelessly Evil Dark Lord sitting on an ugly throne above just a big ...
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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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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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Why did it take Sauron so long to regain strength?

According to the timeline of the Third age it took Sauron roughly 2460 years to regain strength and return to Middle Earth. Why did it take him that long? And if he "returns" to Middle Earth, where ...
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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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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 ...
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Why did Sauron keep Mount Doom alive after forging of the One Ring?

Sauron knew that the One Ring could be destroyed only in Mount Doom, where it was forged. From Sauron's perspective, no one would think about destroying the One Ring. But if someone did, then Mount ...
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Why didn't Sauron realise Frodo was in Mordor despite finding his shirt?

In the Extended Edition of The Return of the King movie, in the scene at the Black Gate, the Mouth of Sauron comes out to parley with the company. Eventually, he presents Frodo's mithril shirt to ...
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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 did Sauron want the Seven Rings back after his return?

Sauron in the second age gave seven rings to the dwarf lords. This had many effects with the main one being greed and avarice. The reason he gave the dwarves these rings was presumably so that he ...
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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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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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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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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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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?
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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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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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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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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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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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Why is Sauron always portrayed as being stronger than Gandalf?

My understanding is that Sauron along with the other wizards are all Maiar. They are all timeless, so no one is older than anyone else. I would have thought that 5 Maiar (or even two in LOTR) should ...
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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 did Sauron think the free peoples did with his ring following the events on Amon Hen?

Originally Sauron probably assumed the free peoples wanted to let the One Ring remain in Rivendell, as he didn't think they would try to bring it to Mordor to destroy it. But on Amon Hen (near the ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...