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"The Eye of Sauron the Terrible few could endure."
from The Silmarillion

The Eye of Sauron, or Great Eye, was a symbol adopted by the Dark Lord in the Third Age. It was said that few could endure its terrible gaze. The Eye was used as a symbol on armor and banners of Mordor, representing Sauron's quasi-omnipotence.

With it, Sauron searched for and tracked the paths of the Ring-bearer Frodo Baggins at the end of the Third Age.


It is unknown when the Eye of Sauron was formed. At the apex of Barad-dûr, the Eye was a flaming, visible, though perhaps not tangible presence during the events of The Lord of the Rings, made clear when it appeared through a window when clouds parted in Mordor.[1]

"Far off the shadows of Sauron hung; but torn by some gust of wind out of the world, or else moved by some great disquiet within, the mantling clouds swirled, and for a moment drew aside; and then he saw, rising black, blacker and darker than the vast shades amid which it stood, the cruel pinnacles and iron crown of the topmost tower of Barad-dûr. One moment only it stared out, but as from some great window immeasurably high there stabbed northward a flame of red, the flicker of a piercing Eye; and then the shadows were furled again and the terrible vision was removed."
The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter II "The Land of Shadow"

Portrayal in adaptations

In Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, the Great Eye is a gigantic eyeball composed of energy that sits atop Barad-dûr.

In Monolith's sequel to Shadow of Mordor, Middle-earth: Shadow of War the Eye depicted in Jackson's trilogy is the actual manifestation of Sauron and the wraith of Celebrimbor, the Elf who forged the rings of power, in a state of perpetual combat. When the ring is destroyed and Barad-dûr falls, the Eye implodes and Celebrimbor is presumed free.

See also



Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Oog van Sauron
Albanian Syri i Sauronit
Amharic ጻኡሮን ዓይን
Arabic عين سورون
Armenian Սաւրոն-ի աչք
Azerbaijani Sauronın göz
Belarusian Cyrillic вачэй Саурона
Bosnian Saurona oko
Bulgarian Cyrillic Окото на Саурон
Catalan Ull de Sàuron
Cebuano Mata sa Sauron
Chinese (Simplified) 索伦之眼
Croatian Sauronovo oko
Czech Sauronovo oko
Danish Saurons Øje ("Øjet")
Dutch Oog van Sauron
Esperanto Okulo de Sauron
Estonian Sauroni silm
Fijian Mata ni Sauron
Filipino Mata ni Sauron
Finnish Sauronin Silmä
French Oeil de Sauron
Frisian Each fan Sauron
Galician Ollo de Sauron
German Auge von Sauron
Greek Μάτι του Σάουρον
Hausa Ido na Sauron
Hawaiian Maka o Sauron
Haitian Creole Je la Sauron
Hebrew העין של סאורון
Hindi साोरन की आँख
Hmong Qhov muag ntawm Sauron
Hungarian Szauron szeme
Icelandic Sauronsar auga
Igbo Anya nke Sauron
Indonesian Mata Sauron
Irish Gaelic Súl na Sauron
Italian Occhio di Sauron
Japanese サウロンの目
Javanese Mripat saka Sauron
Kannada ಸೌರಾನ್ನ ಕಣ್ಣು
Kazakh Саұронның көз (Cyrillic) Sauronnıñ köz (Latin)
Korean 사우론의 눈
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Саурондын көз
Latvian Saurona acs
Lithuanian Saurono akis
Luxembourgish An vun Sauron
Macedonian Cyrillic Окото на Саурон
Malagasy Maso ny Sauron
Malaysian Mata Sauron
Maltese Għajn ta ' l-Sauron
Marathi सायरोनची डोके
Mongolian Cyrillic Саурон-ийн нүд
Nepalese षौरोन् को आँखा ?
Norwegian Saurons øye
Pashto د د سترګو صاورون
Persian چشم سائورون
Polish Oko Saurona
Portuguese Olho de Sauron
Punjabi ਸਾਓਰੋਨ ਦੀ ਅੱਖ
Romanian Ochiul lui Sauron
Russian Око Саурона
Samoan Mata o le Sauron
Scottish Gaelic Shùil de Sauron
Serbian Сауроново око (Cyrillic) Sauronovo oko (Latin)
Sinhalese ෂෞරොන්ගේ ඇස
Slovak Sauronovo oko
Slovenian Sauronova oko
Somalian Isha ee Sauron
Spanish Ojo de Sauron
Swahili Jicho la Sauron
Swedish Saurons öga
Tajik Cyrillic Чашм аз Саурон
Tamil ஸுரோன்வின் கண்
Thai ตาของเซารอน
Turkish Sauron'un gözü
Ukrainian Cyrillic Око Саурона
Urdu لارڈ ساؤرن کی آنکھ
Uzbek Сауроннинг кўз (Cyrillic) Sauronning ko'z (Latin)
Vietnamese Mắt của Sauron
Welsh Llygad Sauron
Yiddish אויג פון סאַוראָן


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