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Langon

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Langon was a fallen Maia and servant of Melkor, namely his ambassador or herald. He was notably sent to speak with Valar when they arrived at Melkor's gates.

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Langon was corrupted early on by Melkor and followed him to Endor. When the Elves awoke in Cuivienen, Melkor sent him to weave his webs of lies and deceit; and so it was that through clever speeches, guile and trickery Langon tried to poison the hearts of the Elves against the Valar, telling them how Oromë the Rider was their tool in spreading fear among their people and of the cruel tortures endured by those kinsmen taken by him.

When the Valar arrived before the gates of Utumno, Melkor sent Langon to treat with them on his behalf. Langon fled the subsequent siege of Utumno and hid himself during Melkor's captivity amidst the ruins of Angband.

Upon the return of Melkor-Morgoth, Langon resumed the position of his ambassador. Seeing potential allies in the Easterlings, the Dark Lord once again sent his servant as a negotiator. Relaying Morgoth's promises of wealth and power to the 'Swarthy Men', Langon coerced Ulfang the Black to swear fealty to the Dark King of Angband. He continued to carry the vile messages of Morgoth as he mingled with Men and Dwarves and daunted them into obeying his master, using his snake-charmer voice to absolute efficiency. At the time the War of Wrath took place, Langon was in the South and as such, was spared the destruction of Angband and the fall of Morgoth. Dismayed and realizing his predicament as the emissary of a defeated Power, Langon concealed himself somewhere in Haradwaith.

In the early Second Age, Langon was suborned by the growing power of Sauron, former First Lieutenant of Morgoth, and became one of his most-trusted servants. The Dark Lord did not waste his potential and instead commanded him to preach his might to the Haradrim. Langon was warmly welcomed at first by these Southrons and to those who had once owed allegiance to Morgoth he claimed that Sauron was the rightful heir to the Black Enemy's legacy. He continued to carry out the will of the Evil One until the fall of Barad-dûr in the Third Age, presumably perishing in its destruction. Those Haradrim who made peace with Gondor remembered Langon as a trickster demi-god and the foul ambassador of the Dark Powers.

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Boromir: "Is it not a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt for so small a thing? So small a thing!"
- J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring II:10
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