The Black Hand was what Gollum referred to as the hand of Sauron which had once bore the One Ring. It also represented Sauron's evil influence just as it did for his fallen master Morgoth.


Unable to assume a fair form, Sauron's hand was blackened after the death of his body in the Fall of Númenor. After Isildur cut his ring-finger off with the shards of his father's sword, Sauron's one hand had four remaining fingers.[1]

Portrayal in adaptations

In Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Isildur is shown to cut off several of Sauron's fingers, as opposed to one. Sauron is not shown or referenced to have regained a physical form afterwards.

In Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the game's antagonist is referred to as the Black Hand of Sauron.


  1. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
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