By the end of the Third Age, Sauron's physical power is so diminished that his presence is confined to the tower of Barad-Dur. However, he is still immensely powerful in his ability to watch and predict the movements of his enemies, and his understanding extends so far that he could metaphorically be referred to as a Great Eye, constantly watching and planning his next move. And because his gaze is so piercing, it is sometimes likened to fire.
Okay but...hear me out...what if Sauron was literally....a Great Eye.
What if he was literally a giant eyeball on the top of Barad-Dur.
That's not quite what I inten-
Made of FIRE. A LITERAL GIANT FIERY EYEBALL.
Sad news today; Our Tolkien fandom has suffered a death in the family. Our beloved Andrew Lesnie passed on at the age of 59 on Monday. Andrew was a vital part of Peter Jackson’s team on the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and most recently, The Hobbit Trilogy. He was an absolute visionary, who, like Peter Jackson, loved making films. You could tell how passionate he was about films because of his ever present smile and enthusiasm. He was a constant face in the behind the scenes footage, his trusty camera always rolling.
He was brilliant, he was an Oscar winner, but most importantly he was our family member. So today, hold those you love a little closer and let’s keep Andrew’s family and friends in our thoughts. Here on l-o-t-r & the-hobbit Blog, I want to dedicate this day to Andrew Lesnie’s legacy. Rest in peace, Andrew. We will always be thankful for your sheer brilliance and talent and I will most certainly miss your smile.