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‘He looks like Eminem’: Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Series Reveals First Photo of Sauron, Gets Internet Divided


The personification of pure evil — Sauron; the foreboding antagonist who embodies the essence of villainy. An antagonist most of us grew with, especially avid fans of Lord of the Rings. When the announcement of a potential prequel series dropped, enjoyers of J.R.R. Tolkien’s works were ecstatic. At SDCC, the first look of Sauron, played by Anson Boon in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power was unveiled and fans are… well, taken aback for sure.

Sauron in Lord of the Rings
Sauron in Lord of the Rings

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The Reaction Of The Fans

The upcoming Amazon drama series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s books takes place tens of thousands of years before the events of LOTR and The Hobbit. The series follows the events that took place in the Second Age of Middle Earth. The series will deal with the rise of Sauron’s villainy, how the Rings of Power were forged, and the final alliance that occurred between Elves and the Men of Middle Earth.

At the San Diego Comic-Con, fans got a first look at the dark lord Sauron, the incarnation of all things evil, the menacing and intimidating antagonist. And… according to people on Twitter, he looks just like Eminem.

Anson Boon as Sauron in Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Twitter had a lot to say about this reveal, mostly in criticism of it, with people even saying “this sh*t ain’t LOTR.”

The reveal was quite a surprise, indeed.

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Some Defended The New Look Of Sauron

LOTR Sauron
Fans of the series defend the new look of Sauron

While most were quick to poke fun at Sauron’s first look in the upcoming series, others brought up the lore of the franchise that everyone seemed to be forgetting about. Sauron was originally a Maiar, and also a shapeshifter. He could morph into various forms, much like a trickster. He was able to take various forms, mainly of humans, elves, serpents, werewolves, etc. He tricked the Elves into creating the rings by using his other forms. However, Sauron lost his power of shapeshifting when Numenor fell.

Fans pointed this out in defense of the upcoming series.

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The upcoming series is scheduled to release on September 2nd, 2022, exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

Source: Twitter

Written by Debdipta Bhattacharya

Always having had a deep fascination for content creation and pop-culture, Debdipta joined as a writer at FandomWire in 2022. Currently pursuing an undergraduate Mass Communication degree, Debdipta enjoys the intricacies of cinema and film-making, with a year of screenwriting experience to account for. Besides her knack for writing, she's also an avid reader, a connoisseur of music across all genres, and a die-hard fan of Charlie Kaufman.