Sauron's physical form in the Third Age

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  1. CWOBrien

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    The films obviously portray Sauron as confined to the form of lidless eye. But did Tolkien intend for this to be just a metaphor for his near-omniscience?

    Did Sauron in fact have a body during the third age? And if so, why didn't he come forth to lead the war effort himself?

    I like to imagine, if he was weakened by the loss of the ring, he might have conducted himself like the Almighty in the (admittedly awful) film 10,000 BC: this frail ruler, waited on hand and foot by his servants, exercising power from behind the scenes:



    Or maybe this would be more analogous to the Black Numenoreans ruling over the Haradrim.

    What do you think?
     
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    Sauron had a physical body. Gollum says, ""Yes, He has only four fingers on the Black Hand, but they are enough," said Gollum shuddering.
     
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    There was a great thread in the Hall of Fire forum on TTF from a few years ago, Sauron Was Not A Lighthouse. It references Tolkien's letters with information of what form Sauron took in the Third Age.
     
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    Búrzishi Bringer of Truth, God-King in the East and South.



     

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    CirdanLinweilin The Wandering Wastrel

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    I am just now realizing.

    Frodo of the Nine Fingers
    Sauron has NINE fingers.




    How am I *just* now realizing this?

    The One Ring does and doesn't like fingers apparently.


    CL
     
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    OR - the Ring likes fingers so much, it wants to bring them along.