Silmarillion Character Profile: Sauron

One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love this, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles.

  • Name: Sauron
  • Home: Angband, later Barad-dûr
  • Claim to fame: He’s the big bad most people recognize, creator of the One Ring.
  • Why I think he’s interesting: Despite being evil, he served Morgoth faithfully for centuries. I guess it goes back to what C.S. Lewis once wrote, that even evil individuals must have some virtue in order to be effective. (I can’t find the quote now–anyone know it?)

Photo Credit: Alex Ristea

  2 comments for “Silmarillion Character Profile: Sauron

  1. March 20, 2015 at 8:34 am

    I’ve never heard of the Lewis quote but it’s fantastic, and something he would say. His writings are so thought-provoking and deep.


    • Emily
      March 23, 2015 at 9:03 pm

      They really are. In my opinion The Screwtape Letters and Till We Have Faces are his best–and maybe The Great Divorce, too.

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