'Lord of the Rings' Fans Reveal Interesting Theories About Sauron

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Vote up the most interesting fan theories about Sauron.

Sauron doesn't appear physically throughout The Lord of the Rings, but his presence obviously looms large over the series. Fans have helped fill in the blanks of what the series big bad may have been up to while we weren't seeing him.

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    115 VOTES

    Sauron Influenced Saruman And Denethor Via The Palantír

    From Redditor u/zrkrehbiel:

    If you go through the entire LOTR, you find out that Saruman and Denethor are both in possession of a palantír. It is also highly suggested that Sauron is in possession of one as well since Saruman communicates with him using his own. Doesn't it seem a bit ironic that both of them end up losing hope in the Ring War? Once Sauron realized the head Wizard sent to Middle-earth and the Steward of Gondor were carelessly using a palantír to get a foothold over Mordor, he immediately used that to his advantage by subtly injecting hints of the doom that was to come into what they saw to slowly destroy their faith until they lost hope.

    115 votes
  • 2
    100 VOTES

    Smaug's Defeat Was A Tactical Move Against Sauron

    From Redditor u/kwik_kwek_en_kwak:

    Gandalf urges the Dwarves to battle the dragon Smaug in the Lonely Mountain as a tactical move against the Black Enemy. Not only would the mountain give Sauron huge riches and a strategic new fortress from which to invade Middle-earth, but he would also try to recruit the dragon. This would've made it quite tough for the free people to combat the Enemy. 

    100 votes
  • 3
    69 VOTES

    Dwarven Greed Was Influenced By Sauron

    From a former Redditor:

    Dwarves have a different creation story from Men and Elves, and it's believed that because of that, Sauron's power didn't really work on them the way he had intended. Instead of ensnaring the Dwarves, extending their lives, or making Wraiths, the Rings seemed to only breed gold, as Thror told Thrain. In short, it made the Dwarves much greedier. 

    69 votes
  • 4
    73 VOTES

    Sauron Corrupted The Entwives And Made Trolls

    From Redditor u/harboringonalament:

    Treebeard and his kin give little hints as to the Entwives. We know they went east to the land that would become the Brown Lands. We also know this occurred prior to the Third Age... And they became the Brown Lands from Sauron himself in the Second Age... We are then left with the logical conclusion that the Entwives must have been there before the allies of Men and Elves arrived, but were gone by the time they did.

    Now, Treebeard himself mentions that Trolls are to Ents as Orcs are to Elves. So, there is some kind of corruption process that converts an Ent into a Troll. 

    Soooo, I think it's pretty clear what happened to the Entwives. They were turned into Trolls when Sauron scoured the Brown Lands. Perhaps some fled North and East and escaped, but almost certainly this is the origin of Mordor's Trolls. Especially considering the Olog-hai who could resist sunlight. 

    There is, also, the words of Tolkien which may hint as this:

    ‘I think that in fact the Entwives have disappeared for good, being destroyed with their gardens in the War of the Last Alliance.’

    So perhaps some of those same ancient remnant of trolls who fought at Minas Tirith were themselves once Entwives, now corrupted to destroying the small things they once loved. 

    73 votes
  • 5
    89 VOTES

    Sauron's Ultimate Plan Was To Bring Back His Master Morgoth

    From a former Redditor:

    Tolkien isn't very good at explaining his villain's motivations; they tend to just 'turn evil' for the sake of the narrative. Sauron, and his old boss, Morgoth, in particular, are hard to work out.


    For those who don't know the back-story, here it is: Eru (basically God) makes the universe with the help of his Valar and Maiar (basically angels), but one Valar, Morgoth, mucks around and starts making the world in a weird messed-up way. Why does he do this? No one knows, but the canon explanation is narcissism. Morgoth continues to muck around, and eventually, everyone just gets fed up and calls him 'evil,' and a whole bunch of wars happen until they capture Morgoth, chain him up, and shove him into the void.

    Not everyone is against Morgoth though, the Balrogs are actually fallen Maiar, as is Sauron.


    Now, there are two important things I have to mention before I go on; it is foretold that Morgoth's return will bring about the final battle, the end of the world. As well as this, there is 'Morgoth's Ring.'

    Quote: 'Just as Sauron concentrated his power in the One Ring, Morgoth dispersed his power into the very matter of Arda, thus 'the whole of Middle-earth was Morgoth's Ring'

    This is what interests me about Sauron. Why did he want to take over the world? We can go with the canon reason, which is again narcissism, but I think Sauron's ultimate plan was to bring back his old master and bring about the end of the world. What he intended beyond that is just more speculation.

    89 votes
  • 6
    97 VOTES

    Sauron's Blood Poisoned Boromir

    From Redditor u/The_Actual_Pope:

    Shortly after arriving in Rivendell, Boromir cuts himself on the index finger with the exact part of the broken sword that last cut off Sauron's index finger. The Elves kept it pretty much as-is after it was broken, so there could still be blood on it.

    Immediately before cutting himself he seems pretty friendly toward Aragorn, and right after he seems angry. Later it's like he can barely stand to be in the presence of Galadriel, while she looks confused by him.

    97 votes