—Sauron’s voice to Frodo Baggins through the Great Eye, when Frodo has the Ring on.
I’m not much for villains and rarely do I love them. I’m a ‘love the hero/heroine’ kind of girl. But we are not talking about the good guys today. This post is about villains we love to hate and after thinking long and hard I decided that Sauron was on top of my list.
“The Dark Lord Sauron forged in secret a master ring, to control all others. And into this ring he poured his cruelty, his malice, and his will to dominate all life. One Ring to rule them all.”
—Galadriel regarding Sauron and the forging of the One Ring.
Sauron, the Dark Lord of Mordor, was the boss-man and the quintessential role model for every role-playing game I’d ever played. He is the perfect model for the ultimate bad-ass. Even the most powerful warriors in Middle Earth, Captains of the West, elves and dwarves weren’t able to destroy his reign over their land for he had forged the One Ring to rule them all. This incredible will to dominate all things corrupted his heart and soul. There was nothing left to redeem within him, his soul shriveled, and so he had to be destroyed.
Every villain has an Achilles heel and Sauron’s was the very ring that gave him his power. And I love the dichotomy because that’s very human. So many times our gifts or talents are also our flaws. We learn to rely on them and sometimes take the easy way out instead of growing or learning from our mistakes. In the end, it took a very fragile and powerless hobbit and a corrupt Gollum to defeat the Dark Lord. The One Ring perished along with all the power Sauron had invested in it.
And like many villains, Sauron didn’t start out being evil. In the earliest of days, he was known as Mairon the Admirable. It was his fatal flaw of having to dominate and control that turned him to the dark side. He became corrupted by the Dark Lord Morgoth and took the name Sauron and the rest was history.
I have a villain in my White Tiger Tales series. He is similar to Sauron in that his power seems indestructible. Eidolon is a shape shifter that has lived for hundreds of years. Slowly he became corrupt by his intellectual powers and his need to dominate the will of others. He has it out for Antoine, the white tiger shifter, because he blames him for his family being cast out of the tribe. He wasn’t always corrupt but evil has a way of transforming a person into something ugly.