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

The Eye of Sauron was a symbol adopted by the Dark Lord during the Second Age and the Third Age. It was said that few could endure the Eye's terrible gaze. The Eye was used on armor and banners of Mordor as a symbol of Sauron's quasi-omnipotence, and was adopted as something of an insignia by his forces in general.


Contrary to popular belief, the Eye of Sauron was a visible, though perhaps not tangible presence during the events of The Lord of the Rings, made very clear when it appeared through a window when the 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 Eye was not turned to them: it was gazing north to where the Captains of the West stood at bay, and thither all its malice was now bent, as the Power moved to strike its deadly blow; but Frodo at that dreadful glimpse fell as one stricken mortally"
The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter II "The Land of Shadow"

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

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, the Eye depicted in Jackson's trilogy is the manifestation of Sauron and the wraith of Celebrimbor, the Elf lord 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 alsoEdit


  • Eye of Sauron (1980)
  • The 2 Spires and the Lidless Eye.
  • The Eye alone
  • Barad-dûr's Collapse
  • The top of Barad-dûr

Translations around the worldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Oog van Sauron
Albanian Syri i Sauronit
Amharic ጻኡሮን ዓይን
Arabic عين سورون
Armenian Աչքի Սաւրոն
Azerbaijani Sauron göz
Belarusian Cyrillic Вачэй Саурона
Bosnian Oko Saurona
Bulgarian Cyrillic Окото на Саурон
Catalan Ull de Sàuron
Cebuano Mata sa Sauron
Chinese (Simplified) 索伦之眼
Croatian Oko Saurona
Czech Oko Saurona
Danish Saurons øje
Dutch Oog van Sauron
Esperanto Okulo de Sauron
Estonian Silma Sauroni
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 सायरोन की आँख ?
Hmong Qhov muag ntawm Sauron
Hungarian Szauron szeme
Icelandic Auga af Sauron
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 Саурона көз (Cyrillic) Sawrona köz (Latin)
Korean 사우론의 눈
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Саурон көзү
Laotian ສະຸຣໂນຕາຂອງ ?
Latvian Acs Sauron
Lithuanian Akių Sauronas
Luxembourgish An vun Sauron
Macedonian Cyrillic Окото на Саурон
Malagasy Maso ny Sauron
Malay Mata Sauron
Maltese Għajn ta ' l-Sauron
Marathi सायरोनची डोके
Mongolian Cyrillic Саурон нүд ?
Nepalese षौरोन् को आँखा ?
Norwegian Øyet av Sauron
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 ෂෞරොන් ඇස ?
Slovak Sauronovo oko
Slovenian Oči Sauron
Somalian Isha ee Sauron
Spanish Ojo de Sauron
Swahili Jicho la Sauron
Swedish Syna av Sauron
Tajik Cyrillic Чашм аз Саурон
Tamil ஷௌரொந் கண் ?
Thai ตาของเซารอน
Turkish Sauron'un gözü
Ukrainian Cyrillic Око Саурона
Urdu لارڈ ساؤرن کی آنکھ
Uzbek Саурон кўз (Cyrillic) Sauron ko'z (Latin)
Vietnamese Mắt của Sauron
Welsh Llygad Sauron
Yiddish אויג פון סאַוראָן


  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter II: "The Land of Shadow"

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