Lord of Bârâd-Dûr
- Intro Video
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Thû the Necromancer, Servant of Morgoth, Mairon, Annatar, Artano, Gorthaur the Cruel, the Enemy, the Dark Power, the Great Eye, the Necromancer, the Lord of the Rings, the Sorcerer, the Black Hand, the Nameless Enemy, Thauron, Thû, Sauron the Great, Sauron the Deceiver, Sauron the Dark, the Shadow in the East
- Who Am I...
Lord of gifts
- My Story Is...
Sauron was originally a Maia of Aulë the Smith; his name then was Mairon, meaning “the admirable.” He learned much from Aulë in the ways of forging and crafting, becoming a great craftsman, and mighty in the lore of Aulë’s people. Although he was a Maia spirit, and not as mighty as the Valar, Mairon was one of the most if not the most powerful Maiar, being far stronger than others such as Olorin and Curomo (who was also a servant of Aulë).
During this time, Mairon was as Eru had created him: good and incorrupt. His greatest virtue was his love of order and perfection – his dislike of anything wasteful. However, this would also prove to be the cause of his downfall, for in the Dark Lord Morgoth, Mairon saw the will and power that would help him achieve his own goals and desires faster than if he had pursued them on his own. So great was his allegiance that even in later days, after Morgoth was defeated and locked outside the confines of the world, Sauron encouraged and coerced some men to worship Morgoth as the one and true god. However, while Morgoth wanted to either control or destroy the very matter of Arda itself, Mairon’s desire was to dominate the minds and wills of its creatures.
After allying himself with Morgoth, Mairon maintained his appearance of being faithful to the Valar, but secretly fed Morgoth information about their dealings. It was only when Morgoth established his strongholds in Middle-earth that Sauron left the Blessed Realms and openly declared his allegiance, and ever after remained a foe of the Valar and the Free Peoples of Middle-earth.
The Sinder in Beleriand called him Gorthaur, meaning “dread abomination”, and to the Ñoldor, he was named Sauron, meaning “the abhorred” or “the abominable” (a mockery of his original name).
Rings of PowerAs part of a plan to seduce the Elves into his service, Sauron assumed a fair appearance as Annatar, “Lord of Gifts”, befriended the Elven-smiths of Eregion, led by Celebrimbor, and counselled them in arts and magic. Sauron hinted that he was an emissary of the Valar, specifically of Aulë, whom the Noldor in Exile held in high regard. Some of the Elves distrusted him, especially Galadriel and Gil-galad, the High King of the Noldor. The Elves in Eregion, however, did not heed their warnings.With Sauron’s assistance, the Elven-smiths forged the Rings of Power, which conferred great power upon their bearers. He then secretly forged the One Ring in the volcanic Mount Doom in Mordor. This “One Ring to rule them all” had the power to dominate the other Rings and enslave their wearers to Sauron’s will. The Rings of Power were extremely potent, however; to create an instrument that could dominate even them, Sauron was forced to transfer a great part of his native power into it. Yet “while he wore it, his power on earth was actually enhanced”.Sauron’s plan would have succeeded had the Elves not detected his influence when he put on the One Ring. It was then the Elves saw him for who he really was, removed their Rings, and did not use them for as long as Sauron retained the One Ring. Enraged, Sauron initiated a great war and conquered much of the land west of Anduin. The Three Rings, however, had been forged by Celebrimbor himself without Sauron’s help. These rings were saved and remained in the hands of the Elves, specifically Gil-galad, Círdan, and Galadriel.This began the Dark Years. Sauron overran Eregion, killed Celebrimbor, leader of the Elven-smiths, and seized the Seven and the Nine Rings of Power that had been previously forged with his assistance. Sauron besieged Imladris, battled Moria and Lothlórien, and pushed further into Gil-galad’s realm. The Elves were hard pressed to defend Lindon and the Havens, but in the nick of time the powerful army from Númenor arrived to their aid, defeating Sauron’s forces and driving the remnant back to Mordor. The Númenóreans were descended from the Three Houses of the Edain who helped the Elves in their war against Morgoth. They lived on the island of Númenor in the seas between Middle-earth and Valinor, a reward for their service from the Valar, and theirs was the most powerful kingdom of Men at this time.Resurgence in MiddleFrom this time on, Sauron became known as the Dark Lord of Mordor. Sauron fortified Mordor and completed the Dark Tower of Barad-dûr, already centuries in the building. He distributed the remaining rings of the Seven and the Nine to lords of Dwarvesand Men. Dwarves proved too resilient to bend to his will, but the Men were enslaved by Sauron as the Nazgûl, his most feared servants. Well aware of the strength of the Númenóreans after his earlier defeat, Sauron withdrew from the coasts and for a long time avoided directly challenging them, although he managed to use some of the Nine rings to snare three of their great lords.Sauron regained control over most of the creatures that had served Morgoth in the First Age (such as Orcs and Trolls). Sauron also gained power over most of the Men in the East and the South, becoming their god-king.Toward the end of the Second Age, as the Númenóreans withdrew from the coasts after their people were divided by strife over the fear of death, Sauron began assailing their Middle-earth strongholds and assumed the titles of Lord of the Earth and King of Men.
Destruction of NumenorToward the end of the Second Age, Ar-Pharazôn, who would turn out to be the last and most powerful of the Númenórean kings, had just ascended to the throne when he was angered by reports of Sauron’s increasing power. In a show of force, Ar-Pharazôn led a massive army to Middle-earth to reassert Númenórean dominance. Sauron, realizing he could not defeat the Númenóreans with military strength, surrendered. Clad in a beautiful incarnation, he came to Ar-Pharazôn’s camp to swear fealty to the king, and allowed himself to be taken as a prisoner to Númenor.This was part of his plan to corrupt Númenórean civilization from inside. “Sauron’s personal ‘surrender’ was voluntary and cunning: he got free transport to Númenor.” When Ar-Pharazôn in his arrogance took Sauron hostage, he failed to realise with whom he was dealing: Sauron “was of course a ‘divine’ person … and thus far too powerful to be controlled in this way. He steadily got Arpharazôn’s [sic] mind under his own control, and in the event corrupted many of the Númenóreans.”The Akallabêth, the account of the history of Númenor, does not specifically mention the One Ring much, and it has been suggested that Sauron left it at Barad-dûr before he became a hostage of Ar-Pharazôn. In his letters, however, Tolkien noted that Sauron “naturally had the One Ring, and so very soon dominated the minds and wills of most of the Númenóreans”. Through the power of the Ring, Sauron soon became an advisor of the king, and he used his influence to undermine the religion of Númenor. He represented Eru as an invention of the Valar that they used to justify their decrees, and substituted the worship of Melkor, with himself as high priest, for that of Eru. The worship of Melkor, with human sacrifice, became mandatory in Númenor.
- My Appearance
According to The Silmarillion, Sauron was initially able to change his appearance at will. In the beginning he assumed a beautiful form, but after switching his allegiance to Morgoth, he took a sinister shape. In the First Age, Gorlim was at one point brought into “the dreadful presence of Sauron”, but the only concrete hint about his appearance is a reference to his daunting eyes.
As part of a plan to destroy Huan, Sauron took the form of the greatest werewolf in Middle-earth’s history. When the plan backfired, he assumed a serpent-like form, and finally changed back “from monster to his own accustomed form”. The implication is that his “accustomed form” was not, at least, overtly monstrous. It is understood to have been humanoid.
Sauron took a beautiful appearance once again at the end of the First Age in an effort to charm Eönwë, near the beginning of the Second Age when appearing as Annatar to the Elves, and again near the end of the Second Age when corrupting the men of Númenor.
One version of the story describes, in general terms, the impression Sauron made on the Númenóreans. He appeared “as a man, or one in man’s shape, but greater than any even of the race of Númenor in stature … And it seemed to men that Sauron was great, though they feared the light of his eyes. To many he appeared fair, to others terrible; but to some evil.”
Like Morgoth, Sauron eventually lost the ability to change his physical form (his hröa). After the destruction of his fair form in the fall of Númenor, Sauron was unable to take a pleasing appearance or veil his power again. Thereafter, at the end of the Second Age and again in the Third, he always took the shape of a terrible dark lord. His first incarnation after the Downfall of Númenor was extremely hideous, “an image of malice and hatred made visible”. Isildur recorded that Sauron’s hand “was black, and yet burned like fire …”. Gil-galad perished from Sauron’s heat.
The Abhorred towers over many of those that live in Middle Earth. With a height nearing 11ft this servant of Melkor sees himself equal to none and above all else, in power and strength the dark Lord welcomes a challenge atop the Spire of BârâD-Dúr. Clad in black chained armor mocking that of the dragon which dwells within the lonely Mountain. All know and fear the Dark Lord and his servants, from the deepest dungeons to the highest peaks his name is known all too well.
The one Ring
Forged mace of the blackest night, six razor curved blades line the hard edge. This mace drips the anger and malice of the dark Lord enforced by his will.
Various necromantic powers, shifting through the unseen viel of the living and dead.
The 9 wraiths of old, clad in layered armor and tattered cloth in the image of their Lord. “Those who use the Nine Rings became mighty in their day, kings, sorcerers, and warriors of old. They obtained glory and great wealth. They had, as it seemed, unending life …”
A Numenorean lieutenant who speaks and handles minor Diplomacy (If there is any available). This Necromancer has served the dark Lord for such a time his own name is forgotten. He only goes by “The Mouth of Sauron”
Fell beast, winged mounts for the dark Lord’s wraiths.
More to come.
- My Secrets Are...
My Spirit is unending, though my Physical form may be destroyed only powerful magic can dispel me back to Mordor.