Jun 9 2011, 4:33am
Post #26 of 26
he was corrupted by the Ring, but he was already a scoundrel before he ever saw it. It only "made" him murdur Deagol because he was more susceptible to its corruption. Tolkien isn't that specific about it in the book--he described Smeagol as taking to thieving after he got the Ring, though the description of him as having "ceased to look up at hill-tops, or the leaves on trees, or the flowers opening in the air, and his head and his eyes were downward," sounds rather ominous. And he was already switching between describing himself in the plural and singular("Give us that, Deagol, my love...because it's my birthday, my love, and I wants it...")
Some have expressed sympathy for Gollum that
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That is interesting that Tolkien brings up Sam's jeaolousy of Gollum. I never noticed him making it explicit in the book but a lot of people, including PJ, have interpreted it to be so.
We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!