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'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power': What name does Sauron take in fantasy series?

Sauron is known by several names in 'Lord of the Rings' universe, but which name does he take in 'The Rings of Power'
UPDATED SEP 13, 2022
A still of Sauron in 'Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' (New Line Cinema)
A still of Sauron in 'Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' (New Line Cinema)

The entire ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy saw Sauron wreaking havoc on Middle Earth and before he was destroyed, he literally took everyone to the darkest corners of the region. On the other hand, over the course of six novels, ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘LOTR’, we saw the Dark Lord being mentioned by different names and we are just waiting to see by what name Sauron will be called in the latest ‘The Rings of Power’ series.

The settings are a lot different. In Peter Jackson’s trilogy, we saw Sauron being the strongest villain ever and even if he was not there in his physical form, he let everyone know how powerful he was. The OneRing that was forged by the guidance and manipulation of Sauron got Frodo Baggins in a lot of difficult situations. We know how the Fellowship of the Ring was created so that an end can be put to the Dark Lord’s reign. If people have read books or seen movies, they know that Sauron is one of the oldest beings on Middle Earth. But ‘The Rings of Power’ is a bit different because it features a different age of Middle Earth. The Second age sees Sauron as not being the strongest, but he has a lot of powers that make him a force to be reckoned with.


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'Lord Of The Rings: Rings of Power' on Amazon will showcase Sauron in his human form (IMDb)
'Lord Of The Rings: Rings of Power' on Amazon will showcase Sauron in his human form (IMDb)

It will be interesting to see the names that are going to be featured in ‘The Rings of Power’. Before his official name appears in the series, let’s take a look at all names that Sauron has been known in the world of ‘LOTR’.

What name Sauron will take in ‘The Rings of Power’?

Now, we know that Sauron is the most popular name for the Dark Lord in the ‘LOTR’ trilogy, but it’s not the only name that he is called. His original name was Mairon and that name has a very deep meaning attached to it. According to the lore, Mairon means “The Admirable” and it’s a good name because we know that he used to use the power of “shape-shifting” to lure others. In the second age, Sauron went by the name of Annatar. Now, this version of Sauron played a very important role during the Second Age and forced the Elves to become a part of his plan. So, he took the shape of a very attractive man who looked exactly like an elf and told Celebrimbor that they need to forge Rings of Power. He then forged the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom.

LOTR: Rings of Power on Amazon Prime: Morfydd Clark as Galadriel. (IMDb)
LOTR: Rings of Power on Amazon Prime (Amazon Studios)

On the other hand, The Rings of Power created by Sauron will play an instrumental role in the decline of Numenor as well. Sauron will corrupt the King of Numenor and convince him to attack Valinor, which ends with Numenor getting destroyed in the Second Age and the death of Sauron's physical form.

So, ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ will see him being Annatar and it seems he will use the power of shape-shifting to lure the Elves to help him forge the Rings of Power.

Meanwhile, Sauron has a lot of aliases. In ‘The Hobbit’, he was known as the Necromancer and during the other parts of the ‘LOTR’, the Dark Lord was known by the names such as Gorthaur, Thu, The One Enemy, The Deceiver, The Black Hand, and Lord of the Rings.

Let's see when Annatar makes an entrance in 'The Rings of Power' and what kind of tricks he plays to have Elves on his side.