Fans Are Sharing Obscure 'Lord Of The Rings' Lore About Sauron

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Vote up the most interesting lore about the Dark Lord.

Sauron is a massive presence throughout the Lord of the Rings despite not having much page or screentime – or even having that much dialogue. But like most things in Tolkien's Middle-earth, the Dark Lord has a rich backstory and lore that might surprise even big fans of the series.

Photo: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring/New Line Cinema

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    78 VOTES

    Sauron Was A Cat In Early Versions Of The Story

    From Redditor u/The_ginger_cow:

    Sauron used to be a cat in the earlier versions of his works, this caused the elves to have an overall dislike towards cats which mirrors Tolkien's own opinion of cats.

    78 votes
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    Sauron's Former Master Inspired Him To Put His Willpower In A Ring

    From Redditor u/TacitProvidence:

    Before he turned bad, Sauron was in the servant of a higher being called Aulë who was a master and lover of craft. This may be why Sauron's physical repository for his willpower was the Ring and not the land itself like Morgoth.

    72 votes
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    Sauron Turned Himself Into A Werewolf In The First Age

    From a former Reddit user:

    In the First Age he turned himself into a giant werewolf and went toe to toe with Huan, the Hound of Valinor. In the Second Age it took Gil-galad and Elendil to defeat him, both of which perished in the act.

    73 votes
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    Sauron Would Have Seen If Frodo And Sam Flew Into Mordor On Eagles

    From Redditor u/TacitProvidence:

    They didn't take the Eagles to Mordor because Sauron's forces would've seen them coming, they could've been caught by the Nazgûl upon their fell beasts, or shot down by archers. The secret path through Shelob's lair was the only real way into Mordor.

    77 votes
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    61 VOTES

    Sauron Participated In A War Between Cats And Dogs

    From Redditor u/amarie54:

    Sauron was once a cat named Tevildo and there was an epic war between dogs and cats (Lost Tales 1 - Tale of Tinúviel).

    61 votes
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    74 VOTES

    Frodo's Plan Only Worked Because Sauron Got Cocky

    From Redditor u/TacitProvidence:

    The plan to destroy the Ring only worked because Sauron never even considered that it would be destroyed -- he expected everyone to try and claim it or hide it.

    74 votes