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Two Gollum questions/observations


Jun 9 2013, 9:42pm

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Hey gang, here are a few things I've been thinking about lately concerning Gollum. I always found him to be the scariest character in the series when I was a kid, and now I find him one of the most pitiable. One reason I was so scared of him is it felt like a Balrog or Nazgul would just annihilate you instantaneously, whereas the threat with Gollum would be more calculable and less remote (a la Faramir vs. Aragorn (from when Pippin first saw Faramir)).

Anyhoo, there are two points I want to bring up:

1.) Tolkien describes Gollum at different times as being both pale and dark. I believe this represents an error on Tolkien's part, but he covered himself nicely later on by explaining that Gollum was pale but wore dark clothes. It's Tolkien's world, I guess, and he can do whatever he wants.

Now, I don't know about you all, but the idea of Gollum wearing actual clothes, rather than the simple loin cloth/speedo thing he is usually depicted as wearing, makes him even scarier to me. Again, this might be because it would make him seem more like a really crazy, demented hobbit than a monster (a la that frog-like depiction from Rankin Bass).

On a related note:

2.) Did anyone else ever think it funny that everyone ended up calling him Gollum? I mean what were the odds? We're talkin' several people, all thinking independently of one another.

I guess Gandalf/Aragorn and all the good guys got the name from Bilbo, but what were the odds that Bilbo dubbed him the same name that his people gave him so many years ago? I understand it was the noise he made in his throat, but it still would be an amazing coincidence. I only remember ever hearing Gollum refer to himself as "Gollum" once, when he was thinking about what it would be like when he had the Ring, and would be known as "Lord Sméagol," and "The Gollum" (and eat fish three times a day!). Anyway, not like this impacts the story, and is probably something that Tolkien (thankfully) allowed to have happen to keep things easy to follow for us, the readers, but that just occurred to me the other day while listening to the Council of Elrond on Audio Book.

Thanks for reading...Thoughts?

In the movies Elrond, Denethor, Haldir, Galadriel, and Celeborn stink.

(This post was edited by aruman on Jun 9 2013, 9:45pm)

Subject User Time
Two Gollum questions/observations aruman Send a private message to aruman Jun 9 2013, 9:42pm
    Does it have fishes for us if we answers its post, Precious? CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Jun 9 2013, 10:20pm
        Thanks aruman Send a private message to aruman Jun 9 2013, 10:34pm
            Blackness CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Jun 9 2013, 10:48pm
    Good questions, Aruman! dik-dik Send a private message to dik-dik Jun 10 2013, 7:43am
        PJ/Serkis' Gollum aruman Send a private message to aruman Jun 13 2013, 1:37am
            I hear you. dik-dik Send a private message to dik-dik Jun 13 2013, 8:16am
                Liked both Yngwulff Send a private message to Yngwulff Jun 13 2013, 8:38am
    Scary vs pitiable Gollum FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Jun 10 2013, 7:27pm


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