Sunday, February 27, 2011
One criticism I actually agreed with from Grant's, Lorin's, and Aly's presentation was that for as evil as Sauron is supposed to be, he's really not very awe-inspiring. He's just this huge eye for basically the entire book (except for prologue parts, etc.). We can see his power through his servants like the Wringwraiths and the Orcs and through his coercion of several respected characters (i.e. Saruman, Denethor, Boromir, etc.). But Sauron in himself is not too scary. I even laughed out loud at one point in the movies when Sauron's Eye is basically a spotlight! There's a lot of buildup throughout the books for this great villain, but in the end his lack of embodied appearance is kind of a letdown.