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'''Annatar''' was a fair form used by [[Sauron]] to deceive [[Celebrimbor]] and the [[Elves]] of [[Eregion]].  
'''Annatar''' was a fair form used by [[Sauron]] to deceive [[Celebrimbor]] and the [[Elves]] of [[Eregion]]. After lying hidden and dormant for about 1000 years, [[Sauron]] put on a fair visage in the [[Second Age]], and calling himself Annatar, the [[Lord of Gifts]], he befriended the [[Elvish]] smiths of Eregion, and counseled them in arts and magic.
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=History=
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''Main article: [[Sauron#Second Age|Sauron in the Second Age]]''
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Although Sauron long knew than [[Men]] were easier to sway, he long sought to bring the [[Elves]] into his service as they had more power So after the [[War of Wrath]] Sauron decided that the [[Valar]] had forgotten about [[Middle-earth]] and he once again turned to evil. <ref name="silm-rop">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]] and [[Christopher Tolkien]] (ed.), ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', "[[Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age]]"</ref>
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After lying hidden and increasing his power in secret, [[Sauron]] put on a fair visage, and calling himself Annatar, the [[Lord of Gifts]], and in [[Second Age 1200|S.A. 1200]] he befriended the [[Elvish]] smiths of Eregion, and counselled them in arts and magic.<ref name="lotr-toy">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', "[[Appendix B]]"</ref> He never came to [[Lindon]] as [[Elrond]] and [[Gil-galad]] did not trust him and refused to treat with him, although they never realised who he truly was; elsewhere he was gladly received, especially in [[Eregion]] where the [[Elvish]] smiths learned much from him as their thirst for knowledge was great.<ref name="lotr-coe">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]: [[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', "[[The Council of Elrond]]"</ref>
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Under Sauron's tutelage the [[Gwaith-i-Mírdain]], under the leadership of Celebrimbor, grandson of [[Fëanor]], became more skilled than anyone else, save for Fëanor himself. In the year [[Second Age 1500|1500]], when they reached the very height of their power,  the Elves began the forging of the [[Rings of Power]], but Sauron knew all their secrets and in [[Second Age 1600|1600]] - ten years after the completion of the Rings of Power - Sauron created [[The One Ring]] to control the bearers of the other Rings.<ref name="lotr-toy" />
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But the Elves were not so easily ensnared, and as soon as Sauron put on the One Ring they and Celebrimbor were aware of him and realised they were betrayed. They hid their Rings from Sauron and did not use them, but Sauron demanded that the other Rings be given to him for they would not have been without him knowledge: the Elves refused and the [[War of the Elves and Sauron]] followed.
  
 
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
 
==Portrayal in adaptations==
At an early stage of script development and shooting, Annatar was to be featured in ''[[Peter Jackson's The Return of the King]]''. The fair form of Sauron would appear when [[Aragorn II|Aragorn]] called him forth. After blinding everyone, he would change into the black armoured Sauron that appeared in the rest of the film, and battle Aragorn. This idea was scrapped, but footage still exists.
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[[Image:AnnatarLarge.png|thumb|left|242px|Concept image of Annatar]]At an early stage of script development and shooting, Annatar was to be featured in ''[[Peter Jackson's The Return of the King]]''. The fair form of Sauron would appear when [[Aragorn II|Aragorn]] called him forth. After blinding everyone, he would change into the black armoured Sauron that appeared in the rest of the film, and battle Aragorn. This idea was scrapped (Aragorn fights a troll instead), but footage still exists.
 
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==See Also==
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*[[Aulendil (Sauron)|Aulendil]]
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*[[Artano]]
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*[[Eriador#Second Age|Eriador]]
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==References==
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Annatar was a fair form used by Sauron to deceive Celebrimbor and the Elves of Eregion.

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History

Main article: Sauron in the Second Age

Although Sauron long knew than Men were easier to sway, he long sought to bring the Elves into his service as they had more power So after the War of Wrath Sauron decided that the Valar had forgotten about Middle-earth and he once again turned to evil. [1]

After lying hidden and increasing his power in secret, Sauron put on a fair visage, and calling himself Annatar, the Lord of Gifts, and in S.A. 1200 he befriended the Elvish smiths of Eregion, and counselled them in arts and magic.[2] He never came to Lindon as Elrond and Gil-galad did not trust him and refused to treat with him, although they never realised who he truly was; elsewhere he was gladly received, especially in Eregion where the Elvish smiths learned much from him as their thirst for knowledge was great.[3]

Under Sauron's tutelage the Gwaith-i-Mírdain, under the leadership of Celebrimbor, grandson of Fëanor, became more skilled than anyone else, save for Fëanor himself. In the year 1500, when they reached the very height of their power, the Elves began the forging of the Rings of Power, but Sauron knew all their secrets and in 1600 - ten years after the completion of the Rings of Power - Sauron created The One Ring to control the bearers of the other Rings.[2]

But the Elves were not so easily ensnared, and as soon as Sauron put on the One Ring they and Celebrimbor were aware of him and realised they were betrayed. They hid their Rings from Sauron and did not use them, but Sauron demanded that the other Rings be given to him for they would not have been without him knowledge: the Elves refused and the War of the Elves and Sauron followed.

Etymology

Annatar is Quenya for "Lord of Gifts", from anna "gift" and tar "lord".

Portrayal in adaptations

File:AnnatarLarge.png
Concept image of Annatar
At an early stage of script development and shooting, Annatar was to be featured in Peter Jackson's The Return of the King. The fair form of Sauron would appear when Aragorn called him forth. After blinding everyone, he would change into the black armoured Sauron that appeared in the rest of the film, and battle Aragorn. This idea was scrapped (Aragorn fights a troll instead), but footage still exists.

See Also

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Appendix B"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"