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Feb 19 2020, 9:52pm

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Mouth of Sauron

When reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy again some years back I picked up on a comment that Aragorn makes in early Two Towers when they discuss the Helmets of the Orcs that Boromir slew.
Legolas says that Sauron does not use the runes, to which Aragorn adds, nor does he use his true name or permit it to be spoken.
Given that the rune on the helmet was an S rune I assume that by his true name, Aragorn is referring to the name Sauron. Would make sense also that Sauron forbids this name as it apparently means, the abhorred one.
Yet here at at very gates of Mordor, Saurons own most trusted Lieutenant trots out and happily announces himself to be the mouth of Sauron?

The real explanation is easy enough. Tolkien forgot to go back and correct it, or else didn't think it important.
What is the in-world explanation though?
Did the messenger really say something else? Like the mouth of Zigur or Mairon, but the chroniclers of the Red Book chose to use Saurons, true name, because even after his defeat they would never refer to him by any other name?
Or did the messenger deliberately use the name Sauron thinking that this was the only name the enemies of Sauron would recognize him by? Kind of bold to do so right in front of the greater part of his own armies.
Or did the messenger really introduce himself by his own name, but the Gondorians hated him so much, they refused to mention his name, and decided to simply refer to him as the mouth of Sauron in their history?

(This post was edited by InTheChair on Feb 19 2020, 10:04pm)

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