'Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power': How Sauron took over Middle-Earth in the Second Age
Have you ever had the feeling it is way more interesting when the antagonists of movies or series are more powerful than the heroes? Be it any genre! Similarly, we have witnessed in 'Lord of the Rings' movie franchise that Sauron, the Dark Lord, was introduced and he had these amazing super powers that made the franchise even more interesting to watch. In Amazon's 'Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power' we will see him in action yet again, it's just we are unsure of in which form.
The series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared reemergence of evil in Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.
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Apparently, Sauron's appearance as the Dark Lord comes after he lost his ability to take a fair form. Tolkien described in the books Sauron in one of his letters as having the form of a man of more than human stature, but not gigantic, and as an image of malice and hatred made visible. He apparently gave off great heat, so much so that Gil-galad was burned to death by his mere touch, and Isildur described Sauron's hand as black, yet burning like fire, suggesting that his entire body was blackened from fire and heat.
Gollum, having apparently once seen Sauron directly, described him as having only four fingers on his black hand, suggesting that Sauron was unable to regenerate the finger from which Isildur took the One Ring, similar to how the wounds Morgoth took from Fingolfin never healed. In addition to his physical appearance, Sauron also apparently had an aura of incredible malevolence. A passage in The Silmarillion describes him as having a "dreadful presence," and daunting eyes.
So what are his superpowers in the Second age which the series is about, you may wonder? Don't worry we got you!
According to LOTR fandom, "In the Second Age, Sauron took up that fair form again and used it under the alias "Annatar" to deceive the Elves into creating the Rings of Power. The level of deception required to fool the Elves of Eregion must have gone beyond simply taking on a fair form since Sauron was literally instructing the Elves to make artifacts that, while capable of great good, were ultimately purposed for his own domination and were imbued with the power to arrest the natural order of the world, yet the Elves were unaware of who they were dealing with until the eleventh hour, and only narrowly escaped his trap. Centuries later, Sauron was able to deceive the Númenóreans and steer them directly to their own destruction under promises of eternal life. Such destruction is a testament to Sauron's manipulative nature and ability to twist the perceptions of his enemies. He was a great teacher in the ways of magic, able to offer training in necromancy and other arts of sorcery.'
'Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power' is releasing on Thursday, September 1, 2022, on Amazon Prime. Watch the show to see the manipulative antagonist trying to take control by deceiving the elves.