Disembodied when the One Ring was cut from his hand at the Battle of the
Last Alliance in the Second Age, the Dark Lord Sauron became a shadowy echo of
his former self. Formless and terrifying, he returned to his rebuilt tower of
Baraddur and from there began to muster his strength to begin the long search
for the only thing that might restore his form and power, the lost One Ring. Now
no more than a terrible will, Sauron appeared as a great Eye, lidless and
slitted, wreathed in flame. Against his piercing gaze none could stand.