This page is completely fanon. It is based on a fan story by Troy Hillman.
Annatar or the Lord of Gifts was a Maiar male who served under the Lord of Light during the first and second ages. He was framed as the creator of the Rings of Power and the Dark Lord of Mordor, whom the Fellowship of the Ring sought to defeat. Sauron deceived Annatar into serving him for a year; thus, Sauron used Annatar's form to create the Rings of Power.
After lying hidden and dormant for about 1,000 years, Sauron put on a fair visage in the Second Age, and calling himself Annatar, the Lord of Gifts, he befriended the Elvish smiths of Eregion, and counseled them in arts and magic. Not all the Elves trusted him, particularly Lady Galadriel and Gil-galad, High King of the Ñoldor, but few listened to them. Then the Elves forged Rings of Power, but in secret Sauron forged the One Ring to rule the Elvish rings, investing most of his own power into the Ring as he forged it. By doing so, he became more powerful than his master Morgoth at the end of the First Age, whose fëa ("soul" or "spirit"), while stronger, was dispersed into the matter of Arda. When Sauron put on the One Ring and tried to dominate the Elves, they resisted, and Sauron came upon them in the War of the Elves and Sauron and, had it not been for the intervention of Númenor, he might have defeated them.
Meanwhile, Annatar stayed hidden from all but Eru himself, cowering for fear that the Lord was angry at him. When he went back to be with Era, he was forgiven and even now resides next to Eru at his throne.
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