Let’s talk about something pretty crazy within the Middle-earth legendarium, but intriguing nonetheless …
I’d just like to state that this is mere conjecture. It’s simply an idea … (and most likely, a preposterous one).
It may appeal to others though …
So I’m just going to throw this out there and hope others have thought about this, even for just a slight moment …
Gasp! Instant shock!
Allow me to explain …
It always occurred to me how distinct a character the Lieutenant of Barad-dûr is; and the power, authority and status he seems to have had in Mordor, considering he was just a man.(If interested, see the two-part article on the Military Structure of Mordor here )
For we know with absolute certainty he was a mortal man.
There rode a tall and evil shape, mounted upon a black horse, if horse it was; for it was huge and hideous, and its face was a frightful mask, more like a skull than a living head, and in the sockets of its eyes and in its nostrils there burned a flame. The rider was robed all in black, and black was his lofty helm; yet this was no Ringwraith but a living man. The Lieutenant of the Tower of Barad-dûr he was, and his name is remembered in no tale; for he himself had forgotten it, and he said: ‘I am the Mouth of Sauron.’
–The Return of the King, ‘The Black Gate Opens’, Book V, Chapter 10
Here’s a character who has been completely taken over by the guile of Sauron – so much so that we are told he doesn’t remember his own name anymore.
The Mouth of Sauron strikes me as a living embodiment where (the so-called) “wraithing process” is clearly visible: and has possibly already begun.
His appearance to a Nazgûl is strikingly similar and his corrupt being contains some interesting ideas.
We know almost nothing of the Mouth of Sauron, except that he was most likely one of the Black Númenóreans who fell under the dominion of the Dark Lord. Other than that, it’s all speculation.
It’s intriguing though to think that, at that point in the story, the Witch-king had been slain.
What would have happened if the Ring hadn’t been destroyed a few days after the Battle of the Pelennor Fields?
Could the Mouth of Sauron have taken over command the rest of the Ringwraiths, to resume their search for the One Ring?
I know, quite ridiculous.
And yet for once, just once, imagine the possibility …
Plausible? Absolutely horrendous? Is it a possibility or more of a probability? Could Sauron have begun to corrupt and twist another prominent and powerful figure into becoming a Ringwraith?
(See also: Identity and Origins of the Nazgul)