On Reddit, fans discussed the prospect of Sauron appearing without his armor in the upcoming Amazon series. The original post, which received over 800 upvotes on r/LOTR_on_Prime, featured a fan-created image of Sauron in the flesh by artists Billelis and Kevin Cassidy. This interpretation of the character depicts him as monstrous, with the large crown-shaped spikes that adorned his helmet in the films actually being part of his skull. Instead of a pair of eyes, he possesses only a single fiery eye like that of Barad-dûr. However, fans are somewhat mixed regarding this portrayal.
“I’m really not a fan of the ‘disgustingly burned husk’ version of Sauron after Akallabeth,” wrote one fan, u/Xerped. “Yeah, the weird cyclops eye and horns aren’t for me either,” commented u/ImrusAero.
Luckily for the fans who don’t like this version of Sauron, there’s a good chance he’ll look very different on the show. As u/Xerped pointed out, Sauron wasn’t always as monstrous as this portrayal makes him.