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Hi, I would like to know how people here pronounce Sauron? I've always pronounced it as "Sawron".. While watching LOTR last weekend, they do pronounce it as "Souron".. I suppose ive always found that a bit wrong, haha.. But maybe ive been wrong all these years.. Is there a right or wrong way? Though if im wrong, I will not be changing <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' />
according to the pronunciation guide on p. 28 of "The Children of Hurin," [quote="Tolkien":152pe9av]"AU" has the value of English [i:152pe9av]ow[/i:152pe9av] in [i:152pe9av]town[/i:152pe9av]; this the first vowel of [i:152pe9av]Sauron[/i:152pe9av] is like English [i:152pe9av]sour[/i:152pe9av] not [i:152pe9av]sore[/i:152pe9av].[/quote:152pe9av]
I always say it this way. I think that, as a rule, they say it this way in the movie too. Although they slur it sometimes so it sounds a little like "sore-on." But the correct way is stated above.
Thanks Beren.. I did have a feeling that may be the case.. Was about 12 when I first read LOTR, so just pronounced Sauron as it was spelt.. & always have done.. Just as you have always pronounced it the correct way.. Ah well, I still think it sounds better my way, haha <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' />
Indeed, mostly it is pronounced Sour-on (correctly as Beren points out) in the films which seems to be one of the reasons people get muddled between Sauron and Saruman's names. People who have only read the books once tend to muddle them too because of the S, A, R and the N in both names :roll: .

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I was able to easily keep them straight when I was a newbie. The Wizard was the one with the long name (and with "man" in it, thus signifying that he was a physical being), and the Dark Lord had no "man" in his name, so he was the one who was a Spirit. yup
Just to add some colorful mispronounciation to the story. I always pronounced Eomer like Homer, just with an E. E pronounced like pee.

Yep, E-Omer. That's why I enjoy movies and books on tape. It helps to clear up some problems.

And yes, I did a similar sound for Eowyn, E-oin.

As you may have guessed, name pronuciation is not one of my strong suits.
I always get the Dragon and the Black sword mixed up.

Gaulurung and Galrung? I think of Gothmag as well, but I think he was a Balrog?

And for family name confusion, Just head to the founding family of the Noldor Elves.
It's funny, but surprisingly enough I don't have that much trouble confusing certain characters with others. My family, on the other hand, is constantly confusing 'sauron' with 'saruman', 'gimli' with 'glamdring, 'arwen' with 'eowyn', 'faramir' with 'boromir' and 'eomer', and so on. Once my mom even mistook legolas for eowyn in the Two Towers! :lol:
I pronounced most everything wrong in my head for 20 some years. Since the movies I have started thinking of things pronounced correctly.

I always said Saw ron

and Saw roo man
Hey Beren, that's actually an excellent mnemonic device for keeping Saruman and Sauron straight. I'll have to remember that to tell friends who can never keep them straight :mrgreen: .

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I didn't know the difference till I was ten. To me their were both the bad guys, I mean who cares about trivial details like that anyway? Sauron, Saruman- It's quite hard to remember whose which, when you have a bad memory. They both begin with the letter "s" you see. :lol:
[quote="Ally":2gbslnrx]I didn't know the difference till I was ten. To me their were both the bad guys, I mean who cares about trivial details like that anyway? Sauron, Saruman- It's quite hard to remember whose which, when you have a bad memory. They both begin with the letter "s" you see. :lol:[/quote:2gbslnrx] Isn't that how you got at scar? :lol: You wound your uncle up so much with your constant muddling up of the pair, that he hit you? <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' />
[quote="Jolly Cotton":3jw6drsi][quote="Ally":3jw6drsi]I didn't know the difference till I was ten. To me their were both the bad guys, I mean who cares about trivial details like that anyway? Sauron, Saruman- It's quite hard to remember whose which, when you have a bad memory. They both begin with the letter "s" you see. :lol:[/quote:3jw6drsi] Isn't that how you got at scar? :lol: You wound your uncle up so much with your constant muddling up of the pair, that he hit you? <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' />[/quote:3jw6drsi] Haha, very amusing.