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Eye of Sauron

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{{quote|[[Gandalf|You]] know of what I speak. An eye, lidless, wreathed in flame.|[[Saruman]]}}
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{{quote|But suddenly the [[Mirror of Galadriel|Mirror]] went altogether dark, as dark as if a hole had been opened in the world of sight. . .  In the abyss there appeared a single Eye that slowly grew, until it filled nearly all the Mirror.  So terrible was it that [[Frodo]] stood rooted, unable to cry out or to withdraw his gaze.  The Eye was rimmed with fire, but was itself glazed, yellow as a cat's, watchful and intent, and the black slit of its pupil opened on a pit, a window into nothing.|[[The Mirror of Galadriel]], ''The Lord of the Rings]]''}}
[[Image:Eye of Sauron.jpg|thumb|The ''Eye of Sauron'' from [[Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings]].]]
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[[Image:John Howe - The Eye of Sauron.jpg|thumb|The ''Eye of Sauron'' as portrayed by [[John Howe]]]]
From the highest tower of [[Barad-dûr]], [[Sauron]] kept an unceasing watch on the lands and kingdoms of Middle-earth. The '[[Eye of Sauron]]' is a reference to this unsleeping vigilanceIn the book it was described as a sort of red light from an upper window.  In [[Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings]] film version it was portrayed more literally as an eye, and had it moving between the pinnacles of the tower.  It was destroyed when the One Ring was melted in the fires of Mount Doom
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The '''Eye of Sauron''', called by many various names, was the symbol of [[Sauron]] the Dark Lord.  This symbol was adopted to show his unceasing vigilance and piercing perception, and was displayed on the weaponry of his servants, or at least the [[orcs]].  It was not a physical presence, as is popularly believed.
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This belief stemmed from [[Peter Jackson]]'s [[Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings|film adaptation]], where the Eye featured as a physical, living object between the pinnacles of [[Barad-dûr]].  It also literally searched the lands with a red light like a spotlight, and in the film the light could be seen constantly sweeping the lands.  It was quenched when the [[One Ring]] was cast into [[Orodruin]].
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Revision as of 14:14, 10 May 2007

"But suddenly the Mirror went altogether dark, as dark as if a hole had been opened in the world of sight. . . In the abyss there appeared a single Eye that slowly grew, until it filled nearly all the Mirror. So terrible was it that Frodo stood rooted, unable to cry out or to withdraw his gaze. The Eye was rimmed with fire, but was itself glazed, yellow as a cat's, watchful and intent, and the black slit of its pupil opened on a pit, a window into nothing."
The Mirror of Galadriel, The Lord of the Rings]]
File:John Howe - The Eye of Sauron.jpg
The Eye of Sauron as portrayed by John Howe

The Eye of Sauron, called by many various names, was the symbol of Sauron the Dark Lord. This symbol was adopted to show his unceasing vigilance and piercing perception, and was displayed on the weaponry of his servants, or at least the orcs. It was not a physical presence, as is popularly believed.

This belief stemmed from Peter Jackson's film adaptation, where the Eye featured as a physical, living object between the pinnacles of Barad-dûr. It also literally searched the lands with a red light like a spotlight, and in the film the light could be seen constantly sweeping the lands. It was quenched when the One Ring was cast into Orodruin.