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The Dark Lord Sauron
Sauron is the major villain in the Lord of the Rings trilogy who must be defeated. The only way to do that is to destroy the One Ring, and the only way to destroy the One Ring is to throw it into Mount Doom where it was forged. Unfortunately Mount Doom happens to be in Mordor, Sauron's base of operations.
In the movies, Sauron appears as a giant flaming eyeball. I suppose anyone who's basically a flaming eyeball would be a little grumpy.
Was Sauron Really a Flaming Eyeball?
Peter Jackson's film depicts Sauron as a giant flaming eyeball, surveying his domain from the tallest tower in Mordor. Which is impressive, except Sauron doesn't have any appendages. We don't see the eyeball shoot death rays either. How did Sauron the Flaming Eyeball convince a bunch of orcs to do his dirty work for him?
This is just an example of misinterpretation. In the book, the Eye of Sauron is symbolic. However, Peter Jackson wouldn't be the first to take the eyeball-thing literally.
The Early Days of Sauron
Sauron is a thing of evil, but he didn't start out that way. He was corrupted by a more powerful spirit called Melkor. It is easiest to think of both Sauron and Melkor as fallen angels.
Sauron's greatest virtue was his love for order. He admired strength, a quality he saw in Melkor. Sauron did not seek glory for himself at first, and instead worked to accomplish Melkor's goals and schemes (sort of like Darth Vader working for the Emperor). After Melkor was banished to the Outer Void, Sauron began seeking his own power.
Sauron was a master of disguise; he could take on shapes that were pleasing to look upon. For a time, he even seemed like a decent lord who was generous towards all who served him.
And so, Sauron befriended the elves and helped them make Rings of Power. But in secret, he created the One Ring that he would use to dominate the other Ring Bearers. He had to infuse most of his power into it. This meant that if the One Ring were ever destroyed, Sauron would be powerless forever.
There is no life in the Void.
The Forging of the One Ring
The One Ring is a simple gold band unadorned by any jewels. The only markings it has appear in flaming red letters when it is cast into a fire:
Sauron was stronger because now he could dominate mortal minds and bend them to his will, and because he could never truly die so long as the Ring existed. The Ring couldn't be destroyed unless it was thrown into the volcanic Mount Doom where it was forged.
But Sauron was also weaker, because if he didn't have the Ring, he was crippled. When Isildur cut the Ring from his hand, Sauron was unable to take a physical shape for well over 2,000 years.
The Power and Personality of the Ring
Because the Ring is infused with Sauron's power, it practically has a mind of its own. None save the Dark Lord can dominate it. Sooner or later, it corrupts anyone who uses it. The Ring can also change its size, a trick it often uses to escape from whoever is wearing it.
Only a very powerful person can use the Ring to its full potential. Although the Ring can corrupt a man or a hobbit over time, it is extremely limited in what it can do through them. However, if someone like the wizard Gandalf were to use the Ring, it could unleash terrible power.
One of the side effects of wearing the Ring is that it makes the wearer invisible to the eyes of men, elves, orcs, and other creatures. However, the Ring makes the wearer highly visible to spirit creatures like the Nazgul, Sauron's servants. Wearing the Ring partly transports the wearer to the spiritual world.
Sauron's Temporary Defeat
While Sauron was forging the One Ring, the elves got wind of his plan and removed their rings so that he wouldn't be able control them. This was unacceptable, since Sauron wanted to rule all of Middle Earth. He gathered his armies and attacked those who resisted.
The Last Alliance of Elves and Men fought Sauron and his armies. Sauron killed Elendil, the King of Men, as well as his son AnÃ¡rion. Elendil's remaining son, Isildur, took up Elendil's broken sword Narsil and cut the Ring from Sauron's hand. Sauron's spirit fled from his body, defeated... temporarily.
Although the elves Elrond and CÃrdan urged Isildur to destroy the Ring, Isildur decided to keep the Ring for himself.
Men can't use the Ring's power to its full potential, but the Ring can make them invisible. Isildur wore the Ring and tried to flee from an attacking band of orcs. But the Ring slipped from his finger, betraying him to his death.
It took nearly two thousand years, but Sauron recovered enough to begin his search for the One Ring. He started building armies of orcs.
At some point, Saruman the White Wizard communicated with Sauron and pretended to be the Dark Lord's ally. Saruman had other agendas and planned to take the Ring for himself, but either way, he betrayed his order and his purpose.
In any case, Sauron was more interested in getting his Ring back. When he learned that the creature Gollum had once possessed the Ring, he had Gollum captured. Sauron's minions tortured the wretched creature. From Gollem's screams, they learned that the Ring was now in the possession of a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins.
Sauron's servants, the Nazgul, were sent to the Shire to find the Ring. Their mission failed. The new ringbearer, Frodo Baggins, escaped to Rivendell with his companions.
Sauron expected that someone would try to use the Ring's power. He knew and understood the temptation of power. One thing that never crossed his mind was the staggering idea that someone would try to destroy the Ring. But perhaps we can forgive Sauron for his lapse, since destroying the Ring would be a nearly impossible task. It required taking the Ring back to Mordor and throwing it into Mount Doom, all without being detected by Sauron or his orc minions.
Yet that was exactly what the Fellowship of the Ring decided to do. A wizard, four hobbits, two men, an elf, and a dwarf committed themselves to the destruction of the Ring, whatever trials and obstacles they would face.
And thus began the War of the Ring at the end of the Third Age.
One Ring to rule them all,
One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all
and in the darkness bind them.
What do you think of the Dark Lord?
Sauron VS Voldemort
Now on to the important questions! Who would win in a fight: Voldemort, or Sauron? This video shows us clearly...
Even giant flaming eyeballs need love. Be sure to tell Sauron how what an adoring fan/minion you are.