I'd like to know how much the Dwarves knew about Sauron during that time. I remember that the dwarves are often characterized as the folks that don't really care about Middle Earth that much - they are busy with their own lives so they can survive in their dwellings. A lot of those who could remember more about Sauron deceased and I think there were only a few who remembered the stories and tales.
During the reign of Melkor, Sauron gradually gained power, some lent to him by Melkor, some grown by his will and strength of knowledge. He became Melkor's lieutenant and held his own strong holds and armies.
After the removal of Melkor, Sauron gathered all remaining fell creatures to him and over the Ages bred them and became The New Dark Lord.
Early on he could change his form and would have become known either as The Dark Lord & or which ever guise he had taken. The Sorcerer of Dol Guldur, The Necromancer, Anatar Lord Of Gifts etc, etc.
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