Wow: Lord Of The Rings 'First Age' Sauron Leather Armor

June 14, 2016


Note: These pics don't do the detail justice, there are full resolution versions of the front and back HERE and HERE.

This is the 'First Age' Sauron inspired leather suit of armor crafted by the dark leatherworking magicians at Prince Armory. It kind of reminds me of the Daedric armor from Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. Mostly because it's black and it's armor.

But instead of the typical medieval fantasy spinoff (its already that anyway), this design is more focused on a scenario of what might Sauron's armor looked like in the first age (Far before the well known 3rd age featured in the Lord of the Rings films). I won't get into the volume of lore left behind by Tolkien but one thing worth noting is that Sauron himself was a capable artisan and armor smith. Perhaps he would feel at home in this armor.

You know what armor I would feel at home in? No armor. When I'm home I like to be comfortable as possible, and leather armor is not part of being comfortable as possible. Nobody wants swamp nuts when they're laying on the sofa watching television. I prefer wearing nothing. I will carry a circular shield though, just in case. "Just in case of what?" Just in case I get hungry I can use it as a cereal bowl. Can you pass me that back-scratcher beside the end table?

Keep going for shots from all around.







Thanks to carey, who almost had a suit of armor commissioned by the folks at Prince Armory before deciding a car would be a lot more practical.

  • Rodolfo Alexandro

    This is way off, Sauron Gorthaur was able to take on fair countenance in the First Age. It was not until after the downfall of Numenor that he was stuck in the terrifying form we saw at the end of the Second Age, and the prelude to the LOTR movies.

  • Zach Groat

    Right. He was able to, but he was also in charge of the tower of Minas Tirith (not to be confused with the one in Gondor), where he had werewolf pits and was a dark wizard who obliterated Finrod with dark songs of power.
    During the time of Morgoth's reign in Angband, Sauron seemed to revel in darkness, destruction and death. His armor might have reflective of that, his evil, sinister nature.
    I have no doubt he himself looked stunning, probably better looking than any elf-lord, but I almost suspect that his armor was as imposing and frightening as his intentions were for Middle-earth

  • LittleLuthien

    I agree with the point you're making, but I think it's highly unlikely that Sauron sat around in full plate armour during his tenure as Lord of Werewolves. If he had, I don't think Huan would have been able to keep him held by the throat when he flipped back to 'his own accustomed form' (i.e. his maia/humanoid form) after trying everything else in his shapeshifting repertoire. The fact that Huan, a dog (a horse-sized dog, yes, and almost certainly really a maia in animal-form... but still, anatomically speaking, a dog) was able to do such physical damage to him with just his jaws, suggests to me that his humanoid form was not armoured at that point in time. And to be realistic, if he didn't don armour when he intentionally went out to fight, then he probably wouldn't have worn it to just sit around in his Tower, either. :)

  • Rodolfo Alexandro

    True enough, I recall vividly the image of Carcharoth and Huan, as written by Tolkien in their battle. I am going to have to reread the book =)

  • I feel like this is a lot closer to Daedric armour from the Elder Scrolls series

  • ShartInYourJacuzzi


  • This does look awesome, but my first thought was that if you actually showed up in armor that looked like this someone would probably call you a cunt and stab you in the stomach.

  • GeneralDisorder

    This is completely true. I'm tempted to stab and insult anyone I see with such poorly designed armor. All those bumps and ridges are just capture points where enemy blades and arrows get stuck and either penetrate further than they would a smooth surface or they send all that energy right into the wearer's body.

    An attacker with a longsword could break your neck by aiming to take off those points on the top of the helm.

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