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Old 02-25-2013, 03:40 AM   #1
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Hello.

Firstly, I must say, this is my first topic, so a welcome would be appreciated.

I have been a huge fan of Lord of the Rings for a number of years, although I have not read the books, but I did get half - way into The Hobbit twice, then, for a reason I don't know why, but I stopped.

Secondly, I must point out, before I ask my question, that Sauron, is my absolute favourite character ever to be created. Call my sadistic if you will, but I watched Lord of the Rings the Return of the King today, (for about the 100th time, no joke, I watch one of the movies each night), and when I saw his tower crumble, I felt depressed, and still do to this moment.

Lately, I have been researching a lot about Sauron, Melkor, the Void and all the other related stuff, and it depresses me even more that I know that Sauron can NEVER take physical form again.

Is this really true?

Couldn't Eru resurrect him, or give him some power?

I heard that The Blue Wizards were some sort of necromancers and that someone said that they could bring Sauron back. True?

What about the last battle? Dagor Dagorath. I read that Melkor, will break open the Doors of Night and him and Sauron shall escape the Void, destroy the moon and the sun, and that all evil things will fight with the free people's and that Sauron will be in it as well.

Does anyone know if Sauron will dies during the battle? Does he even have a physical form then?

Would he have his power back or will be be extremely weak?

Would they destroy him forever? So he has no spirit form or physical form, so he is basically dead? Please not let this be true, he deserved to rule ME in my opinion.

I really hope that he can come back, impossible? Probably. :'(

Sorry if this is in the wrong section of the forum.

Thanks in advance!

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Old 02-25-2013, 05:14 AM   #2
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Welcome Dark Lord, and that doescseem a little odd.

A lot of seemingly simple questions whichneverthe less go very deep in to the legendarium. Not one of my specialities and I suspect it won't have a definitive answer more a selection of evidence. But it will be interesting to see what this provokes.

There is a novices and newcomer section but since this topic demands text based responses rather than just theories then I think it is in the right place.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:41 AM   #3
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Lately, I have been researching a lot about Sauron, Melkor, the Void and all the other related stuff, and it depresses me even more that I know that Sauron can NEVER take physical form again.

Is this really true?
Yes. Sauron lost so much of his power by losing the Ring that he does not have enough to make another body.

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Couldn't Eru resurrect him, or give him some power?
He probably could, but why would he?

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I heard that The Blue Wizards were some sort of necromancers and that someone said that they could bring Sauron back. True?
I doubt that they have the power and authority over that sort of thing.

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What about the last battle? Dagor Dagorath. I read that Melkor, will break open the Doors of Night and him and Sauron shall escape the Void, destroy the moon and the sun, and that all evil things will fight with the free people's and that Sauron will be in it as well.

Does anyone know if Sauron will dies during the battle? Does he even have a physical form then?
Well, in the end Morgoth is defeated, but I'm not sure what it says regarding Sauron's fate. Really, very little is known of how the world will function after the Dagorath.

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Would he have his power back or will be be extremely weak?
Well, he must have built up his power for the battle, but after... who knows?
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:24 AM   #4
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Secondly, I must point out, before I ask my question, that Sauron, is my absolute favourite character ever to be created.
Understandable! Sauron is one of my favourite characters invented by Professor Tolkien (which may be obvious from my user name and avatar) but personally I find him fascinating rather than liking anything about him as such, or feeling sorry for him. However, I think his characterisation in The Silmarillion etc is incredibly interesting. Apologies therefore for the long post - I could talk about Sauron all day.

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Couldn't Eru resurrect him, or give him some power?
Given that he was in the habit of claiming that Eru didn't exist and that Morgoth (earlier) or he himself (later) was the real God despite having personal experience of Eru's existence, and that this was considered to be "an abomination" (Letters p.243) I somehow doubt that Eru would be very sympathetic.

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I heard that The Blue Wizards were some sort of necromancers and that someone said that they could bring Sauron back. True?
I think this might be a case of misinformation. Professor Tolkien once speculated that the Blue Wizards could have been responsible for the establishment of harmful cults in the East (but also that they might have actually helped a good deal in promoting resistance to Sauron among the Easterlings). They are not, as far as I'm aware, ever associated with Necromancy. Regardless, "Necromancy" in Middle-earth is largely about manipulating spirits (particularly of dead Elves who refuse the call to the Halls of Waiting) rather than the modern interpretation of "bringing people back to life", which is pretty much impossible - Elves could be reincarnated in Aman and Ainur could rebuild their own bodies through effort of will but that's about it, and it was too late for Sauron to do that (see below).

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What about the last battle? Dagor Dagorath. I read that Melkor, will break open the Doors of Night and him and Sauron shall escape the Void, destroy the moon and the sun, and that all evil things will fight with the free people's and that Sauron will be in it as well.

Does anyone know if Sauron will dies during the battle? Does he even have a physical form then?

Would he have his power back or will be be extremely weak?
This remark from the Professor in Morgoth's Ring seems relevant:
"Melkor was not Sauron. We speak of him being 'weakened, shrunken, reduced'; but this is in comparison with the great Valar. He had been a being of immense potency and life. ... The dark spirit of Melkor's 'remainder' might be expected, therefore, eventually and after long ages to increase again, even (as some held) to draw back into itself some of its formerly dissipated power. It would do this (even if Sauron could not) because of its relative greatness." (p. 404)

Evidently it was not within the capacity of Sauron, a comparatively lesser being, to restore his lost power.

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Would they destroy him forever? So he has no spirit form or physical form, so he is basically dead? Please not let this be true, he deserved to rule ME in my opinion.
Given that Sauron was, in the Professor's words, "as near an approach to the wholly evil will as is possible" (Letters p.243) it would suggest to me that in the final analysis he would be either destroyed or left totally impotent forever. As far as deserving to rule Middle-earth, well... at least as far as the story itself goes, Manwë was High King of Arda by divine right so that kind of precludes any other ruler from being morally acceptable on such a scale (as far as the internal logic of the story goes).
As interesting as I think Sauron is, he's still a murderer, liar, warmonger and tyrant superseded only by Morgoth himself!
At the end of the First Age there might have been some hope for his recovery, but by the end of the Third I think it's fair to say that the story considers him to be beyond redemption.
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:37 PM   #5
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Well, thanks guys.

I am more deeply saddened now that he can never return...

Hmmm, if only PJ made an alternative ending where Sauron conquers ME....

If anyone else, would like to give facts/opinions that are true, and cheer me up, don't be afraid to post.

One day, I hope he can return...

I also wonder what would happen to him during Dagor Dagorath and after the battle.....

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Beyond the Dagor Dagorath not much can be sayed, but this comes from The Ainulindale:
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Never since have the Ainur made any music like to this music, though it has been said that a greater still shall be made before Ilúvatar by the choirs of the Ainur and the Children of Ilúvatar after the end of days. Then the themes of Ilúvatar shall be played aright, and take Being in the moment of their utterance, for all shall then understand fully his intent in their part, and each shall know the comprehension of each, and Ilúvatar shall give to their thoughts the secret fire, being well pleased.
Since we have no restriction here (like 'the survivoirs of the choirs of the Ainur') we can deduce that Sauron was included in this prophecy. But I have some doubts if this will be very hopefull for you, Dark Lord, for Sauron is for sure one of the many addressed by 'Then the themes of Ilúvatar shall be played aright'. It might be that you wouldn't recognise Mairon again after the katalytic events around the Dagor Dagorath.

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Old 02-26-2013, 05:13 AM   #7
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Beyond the Dagor Dagorath not much can be sayed, but this comes from The Ainulindale:Since we have no restriction here (like 'the survivoirs of the choirs of the Ainur') we can deduce that Sauron was included in this prophecy. But I have some doubts if this will be very hopefull for you, Dark Lord, for Sauron is for sure one of the many addressed by 'Then the themes of Ilúvatar shall be played aright'. It might be that you wouldn't recognise Mairon again after the katalytic events around the Dagor Dagorath.

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Sorry, but I do not really understand. I have only just gotten into this 'thing'. I have heard of the music and Eru, but not much else, can you explain in an easier way please?
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Well, thanks guys.

I am more deeply saddened now that he can never return...

Hmmm, if only PJ made an alternative ending where Sauron conquers ME....

If anyone else, would like to give facts/opinions that are true, and cheer me up, don't be afraid to post.

One day, I hope he can return...

I also wonder what would happen to him during Dagor Dagorath and after the battle.....
Well you are free to write your own fanfic. Even if Tolkien were still around I doubt he would have gone that way, he abandoned a LOTR sequel after a few pages partly because it undermined the victory over Sauron in LOTR if I remember rightly.

Tolkien was a devout Christian and l think he intended if anything a glimpse of the final victory to a

small triumph before evil conquered. I don't think he would ever have given Sauron victory though hemight have found some route to redemption.
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Sorry, but I do not really understand. I have only just gotten into this 'thing'. I have heard of the music and Eru, but not much else, can you explain in an easier way please?
Hi this may be hard since Tolkien wrote masses on Middle Earth but only the Hobbit and the Lord ofvthe Rings were published in his lifetime. Tolkien loved language. He said that words were his music and aswell as learning languages from an early age he made up his own. At one level he created Middle Earth as a world for his invented langiages to live in. He had his own creationmyth and tried to maje sure that his myth was plausible..as if it could have been a real mythology for our own world. While the detail is something that attracts many of us it means it is terribly complex and it means that there isn't a definitive version of a lot of it. Tolkien worked on it pretty much all his life, would have a new idea but maybe not get round to revising the old stuff. And for a long time it didn't matter because Middle Earth was pretty much a private world.

Then he told his children the story that became the Hobbit and bits of his mythology came into it, and more into LOTR, but publishers weren't so keen on the Silmarillion as a prospect and by the timethe LOTR was published and popular Tolkien had about forty years worth of drafts which had to be made coherent with the aspects of the mythology that were in the published works. Ultimately he wasn't able to finish the job and left it to his son. So as well as the version of the mythology published as The Silmarillion a few years after Tolkien died, his son published twelve volumes of drafts with notes History of Middle Earth as well as Unfinished Tales which contains fragments closely connected with the published stories. Sauron features in a lot of it. so basically there is a huge amount of information much of which was revised and developed and can't be claimed to be Tolkien's final word on it. So you may have to do some reading and make up your own mind. There may be essays that eill give a precis but they may not be helpful if you aren't familiar with the context of the books.
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Sorry, but I do not really understand. I have only just gotten into this 'thing'. I have heard of the music and Eru, but not much else, can you explain in an easier way please?
Well, to put it very simply - as simply as I am able to - in the beginning, the world (called Arda, including both Middle-Earth and the Undying Lands, and presumably more) was created by the Ainur who, on Eru's request, made the "Great Music". This music sort of foreshadowed the way the world would be shaped (partially, Eru still took his liberties, such as the creation of Elves and Men), and Melkor, and some of those who followed him - for example Sauron - tried to introduce some "dissonance" into the Music by bringing in themes of their own, which did not really fit well with the rest. We could assume this included making Orcs and other dangerous beasts, basically bringing some evil things and events into the world. But it is also said that at the end of times, after Dagor Dagorath where Melkor will be defeated once and for all, the Ainur will all sing again, now together with the choirs of the Children of Ilúvatar (Elves and Men), and, as you read in the quote Findegil provided, "then the themes of Ilúvatar shall be played aright". That basically means that there won't be the discord among the Ainur as it had been in the first Music. That means, Melkor or Sauron or others will NOT disturb it.

Now, this can of course mean two things, one can mean some utter annihilation of those "evil elements" in the sense of utter annihilation of Melkor and Sauron and other "bad guys". But what I think Findegil had in mind was the possibility of some sort of transformation of those "bad guys", that is, they won't anymore play their music against the theme, but along with it. And I would actually support that idea. Yes, the evil elements are definitely annihilated, but that does not require annihilation of Sauron himself. And