Who plays Sauron in the cast of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power?

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has started on Amazon Prime Video and we’ve already got a glimpse of Sauron. During the prologue to the premiere, we witness the Dark Lord leading a pack of Orcs in the battle against the Elves. While we’ve seen Sauron lead the army before (as depicted in Peter Jackson’s films), the villain works for the devil Morgoth instead.

That’s because The Rings of Power is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, and that prologue reveals events from the First Age. Essentially, in the First Age, Sauron was just a lieutenant for Morgoth, then he goes into hiding – which is why Galadriel, as seen in The Rings of Power, hunts him down. In the coming seasons we will see Sauron’s rise as he builds an army worthy of Mordor, and one day he will fight the Elves and Men and his hand will be chopped off by Isildur. (Check out our Lord of the Rings timeline for a much more in-depth look at Middle-earth’s overarching story.)

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