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Apparently dates from soon after II 33191; Sauron was overthrown 25 March III 3019
Behind the Window of the Eye, at the top of the Barad-dûr
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Red Eye

The symbol of Sauron

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Epithet and symbol of Sauron the Lord of the Rings.



The first mention of the Eye of Sauron appears after he was forced to take on a new and more terrible shape for himself, due to his previous fair form being destroyed in the Downfall of Númenor in II 3319. The symbol of the Red Eye seems to derive in some way from this appearance (which apparently recurred when Sauron created yet another new body for himself in the Third Age).

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