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Dates
The first Enemy, Melkor, ruled until his expulsion from the World in I 590; the second Enemy, Sauron, ruled from c.II 1000 to II 3441, and from c.III 1000 until his final downfall on 25 March III 3019
Origins
Melkor was the greatest of the Ainur; Sauron was a Maia corrupted to Melkor's service from the earliest times
Race
Divisions
Settlements
Melkor ruled from Utumno and later Angband; Sauron ruled from Barad-dûr in Mordor and Dol Guldur in Mirkwood
Title of
Melkor and later Sauron
Other names
Also referred to as the Enemy of Men and Elves; variants include the Dark Enemy, the Great Enemy, the Nameless Enemy and the One Enemy

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Enemy

A term for either of the Dark Lords

A common term for either Morgoth or Sauron, or their forces.


Morgoth The original Enemy was the dark Vala Melkor. After his murder of Finwë and theft of the Silmarils, he was named Morgoth, 'Dark Enemy', by Finwë's son Fëanor, and was known by that name ever afterwards.
Sauron Sauron was a servant of the first Enemy during the Elder Days, but after the fall of his master Morgoth, he took on the mantle of Dark Lord and Enemy of Elves and Men. The Free Peoples were reluctant to speak his true name, and thus he was often referred to simply as 'the Enemy'.

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  • Updated 12 December 2018
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