NOTES: Whew! This chapter is long enough as is, so I won’t go into all the references I had planned, explaining how my idea of Sauron developed. But it is all based upon what Professor Tolkien himself said about Sauron. I’ll give a few main points and then save the rest for when Sauron resurfaces in a few chapters as Annatar.
In all versions of the Silmarillion, Sauron is not heard from after his battle with Huan. There’s no mention of him until he presents himself to Eönwë after the War of Wrath is over. In many places (Letters, Morgoth’s Ring, Unfinished Tales) the professor talks about the good that still remained in Sauron when he came to Eregion and how he truly repented his deeds of the First Age and wished to redress the wrongs he had done. I think the professor did this not only to explain why the Elves trusted him in the Second Age, but also to show Sauron as another one of his characters who was a blend of both good and evil. Of course, the evil won out in Sauron. I have to assure my few readers that this isn’t going to be a ‘Sauron was really a misunderstood nice guy’ attempt. But Tolkien wanted to show that Sauron fell back into evil toward the end of the Second Age and you have to be somewhere higher to fall from. Whichever road he takes to get there, Sauron still ends up turning to evil, although he is incapable of seeing that by the Third Age.
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