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    Picture of Sauron painted by Tolkien

    if you do a google search, you can find one of the many paintings Tolkien did.
    In this case Sauron.
    Not sure if my eye sight is failing but it looked like a crude black shadow across the sky reaching with his hand?
    It also looked like he had spikey things on his head and shows a side/profile of his face with one of his eyes... bulging eye like a frog?
    Not very impressive, but was wondering if anyone saw what iIsaw....inkblot test!?!
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  2. Re: Picture of Sauron painted by Tolkien

    Quote Originally Posted by Chipset View Post
    if you do a google search, you can find one of the many paintings Tolkien did.
    In this case Sauron.
    Not sure if my eye sight is failing but it looked like a crude black shadow across the sky reaching with his hand?
    It also looked like he had spikey things on his head and shows a side/profile of his face with one of his eyes... bulging eye like a frog?
    Not very impressive, but was wondering if anyone saw what iIsaw....inkblot test!?!
    Err, can you post a link? There are many pictures of Sauron on the Internet.
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    Re: Picture of Sauron painted by Tolkien

    Quote Originally Posted by Arasilion View Post
    Err, can you post a link? There are many pictures of Sauron on the Internet.
    Many as in hundreds... of thousands...
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    Re: Picture of Sauron painted by Tolkien

    Here is the pic:

    I cannot open it as my companmy has websense, so I can only view small version in google image results.


    http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/h...sel/Sauron.jpg



    The book is:
    J. R. R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator
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  5. Re: Picture of Sauron painted by Tolkien

    Oh, that looks like what was described once the Ring was destroyed - a great black hand of shadow was reaching towards the army of Gondor before being blown away on a wind. I'm not sure what to make of the rest though. It looks a little like abstract art.
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    Re: Picture of Sauron painted by Tolkien

    I do recall reading Sauron had "black mottled skin"...
    "Mottled" defined as:

    a: a surface having colored spots or blotches
    b: the arrangement of such spots or blotches on a surface

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dicti...ottled&x=0&y=0
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    Re: Picture of Sauron painted by Tolkien

    Quote Originally Posted by Chipset View Post
    Not sure if my eye sight is failing but it looked like a crude black shadow across the sky reaching with his hand?
    That makes sense. As Arasilion already stated, it's probably a depiction of what happened after the destruction of the Ring.
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    'The realm of Sauron is ended!' said Gandalf. 'The Ring-bearer has fulfilled his Quest.' And as the Captains gazed south to the Land of Mordor, it seemed to them that, black against the pall of cloud, there rose a huge shape of shadow, impenetrable, lightning-crowned, filling all the sky. Enormous it reared above the world, and stretched out towards them a vast threatening hand, terrible but impotent: for even as it leaned over them, a great wind took it, and it was all blown away, and passed; and then a hush fell.
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  8. Re: Picture of Sauron painted by Tolkien

    Quote Originally Posted by Chipset View Post
    I do recall reading Sauron had "black mottled skin"...
    "Mottled" defined as:

    a: a surface having colored spots or blotches
    b: the arrangement of such spots or blotches on a surface

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dicti...ottled&x=0&y=0
    Sauron's physical description is all but absent in Tolkien's writings. He could have leopard spots for all we know :-)

    Besides, as I said before, that painting looks a lot like an abstract painting. If so, you can't take it too literally.
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    Re: Picture of Sauron painted by Tolkien

    Quote Originally Posted by Arasilion View Post
    Sauron's physical description is all but absent in Tolkien's writings. He could have leopard spots for all we know :-)

    Besides, as I said before, that painting looks a lot like an abstract painting. If so, you can't take it too literally.
    That picture likely represents Sauron as he is during the Third Age. Before that he appeared in a very handsome, appealing manner, which is how he was able to deceive the Numenoreans, and prod them along to their destruction (which included his own physical destruction).

    After that, he was unable to assume an attractive form, and was only able to appear as he really is. We know this because that's how Tolkien describes him, though he doesn't give any specific details that I know of, such as "he had dark hair, and grey eyes, and he was 6'0" tall", etc.
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  10. Re: Picture of Sauron painted by Tolkien

    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyboy131 View Post
    That picture likely represents Sauron as he is during the Third Age. Before that he appeared in a very handsome, appealing manner, which is how he was able to deceive the Numenoreans, and prod them along to their destruction (which included his own physical destruction).

    After that, he was unable to assume an attractive form, and was only able to appear as he really is. We know this because that's how Tolkien describes him, though he doesn't give any specific details that I know of, such as "he had dark hair, and grey eyes, and he was 6'0" tall", etc.
    That's what I meant. We know Sauron looked hideous; but we aren't given specifics on, for instance, whether or not he had "mottled black skin".
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    Re: Picture of Sauron painted by Tolkien

    Quote Originally Posted by Chipset View Post
    Here is the pic:

    I cannot open it as my companmy has websense, so I can only view small version in google image results.


    http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/h...sel/Sauron.jpg



    The book is:
    J. R. R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator


    fixed for ya

  12. Re: Picture of Sauron painted by Tolkien

    I just noticed that Sauron in that picture looks like he's making shadow puppets :-)

    SAURON: "Look, it's a dog! Arf, arf!"
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    Re: Picture of Sauron painted by Tolkien

    Quote Originally Posted by Arasilion View Post
    I just noticed that Sauron in that picture looks like he's making shadow puppets :-)

    SAURON: "Look, it's a dog! Arf, arf!"
    LOL!

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    Re: Picture of Sauron painted by Tolkien

    Yaeh, I'm not a qualified artist here, but I'm pretty sure it's not a finished picture. It's a SKETCH. You can tell he was trying things out because he has a sketch of the outstretched hand.

    I don't know, maybe the book where the image is in has some explanation, but I could almost see Tolkien using pictures to help visualize certain scenes or concepts before putting them to words.
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