10 greatest villains in all of literature

A list of the 10 greatest villains in all of literature – the most memorable bad-guys of the fictive world . 

6. Sauron from J. R. Tolkien’s "Lord of the Rings"

Sauron is the novel’s single most evil force. He wants only one thing: total power, and he will stop at nothing to achieve his ends. Sauron sends his brutal armies into Gondor, Rohan, and the Shire to find the Ring that will seal his total, unending power by allowing him to enslave the free people of Middle Earth. His all-seeing eye “rimmed with fire, but […] glazed, yellow as a cat’s” is as terrifying and ever-present as Big Brother. 

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