Sauron’s Annatar form causes havoc in The Lord of the Rings mythology – here’s how the disguise came to be, what Sauron used it for, and why he stops shape-shifting in later years. One of the most famous fictional villains of all time he may be, but Sauron’s physical appearance has always remained somewhat ambiguous. J.R.R. Tolkien describes Sauron (or more accurately doesn’t describe him) in only the vaguest possible terms, and the popularized images of a towering warrior in black armor or a flaming eye atop Barad-dûr come mostly from Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, which extrapolates small clues within Tolkien’s text into a literal design.

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Author: Craig Elvy