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Sauron returns in secret to Mordor

Event Type: Political

Age: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Year: 2942

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Sauron returns in secret to Mordor.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age

In the late summer of... (2941) Gandalf had at last prevailed upon Saruman and the White Council to attack Dol Guldur, and Sauron retreated and went to Mordor, there to be secure, as he thought, from all his enemies.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Durin's Folk

'The Council put forth its strength and drove the evil out of Mirkwood and that was in the very year of the finding of this Ring....

'Sauron also had watched us, and had long prepared against our stroke, governing Mordor from afar through Minas Morgul, where his Nine servants dwelt, until all was ready. Then he gave way before us, but only feigned to flee, and soon after came to the Dark Tower and openly declared himself.’

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 2, The Council of Elrond

'Sauron the Great... has indeed... returned to his ancient fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor.... Always after a defeat and a respite, the Shadow takes another shape and grows again.'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 2, The Shadow of the Past

Sauron arose again...; and he re-entered Mordor long prepared for him. Then the Barad-dûr was raised once more, and Mount Doom burst into flame, and the last of the folk of Ithilien fled far away.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion: The Stewards

It seemed that the evil power in Mirkwood had... [reappeared] in greater strength in the old strongholds of Mordor.... From there the power was spreading far and wide, and away far east and south there were wars and growing fear. Orcs were multiplying again in the mountains. Trolls were abroad, no longer dull-witted, but cunning and armed with dreadful weapons. And there were murmured hints of creatures more terrible than all these, but they had no name.

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 2, The Shadow of the Past

Contributors:
Tanaqui 14May05
Elena Tiriel 28Sep05, 4Oct05, 20Oct05

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