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The Cruel

A title of Caradhras, and of Sauron

An ancient title granted to Caradhras in the Misty Mountains, and also used of Sauron.

Caradhras One of the three Mountains of Moria, known to Men as the Redhorn and Dwarves as Barazinbar. Over the shoulder of Caradhras ran a high pass, one of the very few to lead through the Misty Mountains from west to east, but this Redhorn Pass was notoriously treacherous, giving rise to the title of Caradhras the Cruel. It is even hinted that the mountain might have been, in some mysterious way, intentionally cruel to those using the pass (at least in the case of the Fellowship of the Ring).
Sauron It is perhaps unsurprising to find the title of 'the Cruel' associated with the name of the Dark Lord Sauron, though it is in fact specifically associated with the Sindarin version of his name, Gorthaur. We have several examples from the First Age of Sauron imprisoning and torturing his enemies, so it is understandable that those enemies would have come to know him as Gorthaur the Cruel.

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