Sauron falls in the Downfall of Númenor (estimated date)
Event Type: Military/Strategic
Age: Akallabêth/Last Alliance
Date: May 9, 3319
An event in the Downfall of Númenor; see that entry for an overview:
For Sauron himself was filled with great fear at the wrath of the Valar, and the doom that Eru laid upon sea and land. It was greater far than aught he had looked for, hoping only for the death of the Númenóreans and the defeat of their proud king. And Sauron, sitting in his black seat in the midst of the Temple, had laughed when he heard the trumpets of Ar-Pharazôn sounding for battle; and again he had laughed when he heard the thunder of the storm; and a third time, even as he laughed at his own thought, thinking what he would do now in the world, being rid of the Edain for ever, he was taken in the midst of his mirth, and his seat and his temple fell into the abyss. But Sauron was not of mortal flesh, and though he was robbed now of that shape in which he had wrought so great an evil, so that he could never again appear fair to the eyes of Men, yet his spirit arose out of the deep and passed as a shadow and a black wind over the sea, and came back to Middle-earth....
The Silmarillion, Akallabêth
Sauron was indeed caught in the wreck of Númenor, so that the bodily form in which he long had walked perished; but he fled back to Middle-earth, a spirit of hatred borne upon the dark wind. He was unable ever again to assume a form that seemed fair to men, but became black and hideous, and his power thereafter was through terror alone.
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Númenor
[Note: the year is canon, but the date is an estimate, set to follow the estimated date of the sailing of the Great Armament by thirty-nine days.]
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