I (Don't) See You: Lord of the Rings Chucked Away Its Most Terrifying Monster

I (Don't) See You: Lord of the Rings Chucked Away Its Most Terrifying Monster
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There are many creatures in The Lord of the Rings whose appearance should make you tremble with fear. However, the most terrifying and powerful of them all has received undeservedly little attention.

The Mouth of Sauron was the Dark Lord's herald who entered the service of the master of Barad Dur and became one of his most trusted servants.

He was so devoted to the Dark Lord that he even forgot his own name (as well as the existence of a toothbrush and toothpaste, judging from the image in the movie).

Many aspects of his life are shrouded in mystery, but it is known that after he fell into Sauron's service, his keen mind allowed him to spread his influence and become the Dark Lord's most trusted lieutenant.

This is confirmed by the fact that the Mouth was one of the few servants who communicated directly with Sauron.

It is also known that Mouth was one of the few surviving Black Numenoreans. The Black Numenoreans were people who turned to the side of Sauron during the Second and Third Ages of Middle-earth.

The first Black Numenoreans appeared in the Second Age as traitor Numenoreans, it was from them that three of the nine Nazgul descended.

Not much is known about this people's outstanding personalities, but they clearly include the Witch-king and the Mouth of Sauron.

The voice of Sauron is described as a tall man wearing a black cloak and a tall black helmet. He rode a horse, ugly and huge, and instead of a face it wore a mask that looked like a fiery skull.

In the movies, in addition to the long sword that the messenger is armed with, there is a pointed iron helmet that resembles a crown and covers almost the entire face, except for the ugly mouth.

The Mouth of Sauron is first seen in The Return of the King.

He rides out on his horse to negotiate, deceiving the leaders into believing that the two Hobbits have been captured by his master and stating the conditions for their return, one of which is the rebuilding of Isengard and its consolidation there.

Gandalf refused all the herald's demands and foretold his swift death. Humiliated, the voice of Sauron galloped to the Black Gate, signaling the attack as he ran.

This part is almost identical in the book and the movie, but director Peter Jackson changed the fate of the Dark Lord's main henchman. In the book, the fate of the Mouth of Sauron after the War of the Ring remains unknown.

Perhaps he died in the destruction of Barad-dur and the fall of Mordor, but it is possible that the faithful slave survived to lead new forces of evil against the West.

Whereas in the movie, Aragorn had him beheaded for saying they had killed Frodo.