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Lord Sauron - Lord of the Rings

Lord Sauron from Lord of the Rings played by Sala Baker.

Lord Sauron is a fictional male Elf king in the Lord of the Rings film series who was played on screen by Sala Baker. Lord Sauron is the Dark Lord who forged the one Ring that controls all the other rings. Sauron handed out the rings he forged to a number of leaders from humans to elves. The character only appears at the beginning of LOTR - Fellowship of the Ring where he is seen being killed and defeated. Sauron doesn't stay dead, his character's soul watches down from a tower in Mordor where he ruled. Only by destroying the one ring can Saurons power over Mordor be vanquished. It takes a special Hobbit by the name Frodo Baggins to lead a fellowship to destroy the ring by casting it into the fires of Doom Mountain.

As you can see from the picture, Lord Sauron wears the One Ring on his index finger, the human warrior Isildur launches a sword at Sauron and chops off the hand. Chopping off the hand causes the Lord to die and his soul watch down on Mordor from the top of a tower. Sauron despatches Orcs and Ring-Wraiths to bring the ring back and kill his enemies.

You never seen the face of Sauron, he is always wearing a mask. In stories set before Lord of the Rings (Hobbit), he is referred to as a Necromancer, a being who can bring back the dead and command as his army.

Lord Sauron is not the leader but a Lieutenant to Dark Lord Morgoth. Sauron was once a human/elf male Maia (Spirit) called Mairon but over time, Morgoth managed to corrupt the Maia and bend him to his wishes. At first, Sauron was a spy but he finally fully turned and became the Dark Lord as he is referred today. Dark Lord Morgoth doesn't appear in either of the film trilogies or the books apart from a mention. Morgoth is the main antagonist in the Silmarillion book.

Lord Sauron underestimates Frodo Baggins and is more concerned that Aragorn has the ring and will use it against him. Lord Sauron doesn't realise that Frodo Baggins has the ring.

The Rings

Lord Sauron created a number of rings which he gave to various leaders. In addition to the seven rings he gave out, he made one ring for himself referred to as the One Ring that controlled them all.

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
-J.R.R. Tolkien's epigraph to The Lord of the Rings

It is the One Ring that Frodo Baggins was tasked with destroying. The Ring is made of pure gold. Gandalf threw the ring into a log file and retrieved it using tongs. When the Ring was placed in Frodo;s hand, it was cool too touch. It is imprevilous to heat and destruction. Only can be destroyed by being thrown into the lava from where it was created, Doom Mountain.

Death and the Necromancer

During the Hobbit, it is believed that the Necromancer is Lord Sauron in all but name. Gandalf assisted by Elrond, Saruman and Galadriel confront the Necromancer but it ends in a dead heat. Whilst Sauron is biding his time, he watches the world from a large tower know as the 'Eye of Sauron'.

Eye of Sauron and the Lieutenants

Tower in Mordor where Lord Sauron watches down on the planet.

In the middle of Mordor is a giant tower with a large eye surveying the ground around him. It is the last remaining reminder of the dark lord on the planet. Warcraft plays homage to the Eye in the Lich King expansion, more on that later. Although he watches down from the tower, he fails to see the Hobbits sneak into Mordor and destroy the one ring.

Lord Sauron had a number of Lieutenants that did his bidding including the Ring Wraiths, faceless men who rode dark horses. They were the first to be despatched to go after the Hobbits. The Ring Wraiths were killed when Arwen called upon a river to wash them away. In the books, they died differently.

Another Lieutenant was the Witch King, a character that has been nodded to by the creators of Warcraft who call theirs the Lich King. The Witch King was arrogant in that he said he could not be killed by man. However Eowyn who was disguised as a soldier killed him. The Witch King thought he couldn't be killed by human but his prophecy was limited to man not human and Eowyn, a female was able to kill him.

The Mouth of Sauron was the last leiutenant that the Fellowship was confronted with at the end of the march to Mordor.

When Gandalf and the rest of the Fellowship got to the gates, they were greeted by the Mouth of Sauron who warned them not to go further. Gandalf lopped the head off the Mouth, a mutated human. The Mouth didn't appear in the normal version of the film probably because he looked a bit scary compared to the rest of the film.

Arthas Pendragon, the Lich King

In Warcraft, the character Arthas Pendragon also known as the Lich King has a lot of similarities to Lord Sauron. Both as mentioned in the next paragraph have a tower from which to watch down on the world and both have an eye to spy on the world. Whilst Lord Sauron has an army of Orcs to do his bidding, Arthas has an army of Forsaken zombies to do his bidding. With the Lich King, some of his Forsaken has broken free of their masters spell and actively fight against him.

The Lich King doesn't appear in the Warcraft movie as his conversion according to the lore occurs after the Orcs fail to take control of Azeroth. Arthas's zombies are the result of humans and elves being infected by a plague that turns them into zombies.

In World Of Warcraft, in the north west area of the zone of Icecrown, called Shadow Vault, there is a tower and high above on that tower is the eye of the Lich King which in a quest, you must destroy. It is Blizzards tribute to the Eye of Sauron called the Ocular which during a quest, the player needs to destroy and free the Vault.

Although Lord Sauron only appears at the beginning in the prologue, for most of the film is represented by an eye looking down from a tower in Mordor. In the book and in the extended version of the films, Lord Sauron is represented by the Mouth of Sauron at the end battle at the Black Gate of Mordor when the Mouth of Sauron tells the challengers to lay down their arms and go back to where they came from.

Lord Sauron Facts

Alien RaceElf
AllegianceLord Sauron
ActorSala Baker
NationalityNew Zealander
Last UpdatedSaturday, February 2, 2019

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