Our Sponsor Sideshow Collectibles Send us News
Lord of the Rings Tolkien
Search Tolkien
Lord of The RingsTheOneRing.net - Forged By And For Fans Of JRR Tolkien
Lord of The Rings Serving Middle-Earth Since The First Age

Lord of the Rings Movie News - J.R.R. Tolkien
Do you enjoy the 100% volunteer, not for profit services of TheOneRing.net?
Consider a donation!

  Main Index   Search Posts   Who's Online   Log in
The One Ring Forums: Tolkien Topics: Reading Room:
I completely agree

Noel Q. von Schneiffel

Sep 8 2012, 7:04pm

Views: 409
I completely agree [In reply to] Can't Post

And I think Peter Jackson got that wrong when he showed Bilbo already significantly aged and less agile during the Council of Elrond.

It is also interesting what Gollum thinks about it, when he tries to talk Frodo out of killing him on the slopes of Mount Doom:

'Don't kill us,' he wept. 'Don't hurt us with nassty cruel steel! Let us live, yes, live just a little longer. Lost lost! We're lost. And when Precious goes we'll die, yes, die into the dust.' He clawed up the ashes of the path with his long fleshless fingers. 'Dusst!' he hissed. (LotR, Mount Doom)

I see no reason to assume that Gollum was wrong here. Having long outlived the lifespan of his kind, Gollum would probably have died instantly at the Ring's destruction - even if he hadn't died anyway from falling into lava.

In contrast, the loss of the Ring to Bilbo had actually invigorated him, as Gandalf tells Frodo. Gollum did feel old, true, but he did not appear to suffer any physical effects of old age:

After a year or two he left the mountains. You see, though still bound by desire of it, the Ring was no longer devouring him; he began to revive a little. He felt old, terribly old, yet less timid, and he was mortally hungry. (LotR, The Shadow of the Past)

The Glorious Truth of J.R.R. Tolkien
Radiates from his Holy Writings


Subject User Time
Gollums Ageing iandea14 Send a private message to iandea14 Sep 7 2012, 4:38am
    He had an amazing beautician, or so I've heard DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Sep 7 2012, 7:38am
    Different strokes for different folks... dreamflower Send a private message to dreamflower Sep 7 2012, 2:31pm
        And frequency of use, and its residual power Solicitr Send a private message to Solicitr Sep 7 2012, 5:43pm
            You are right dreamflower Send a private message to dreamflower Sep 7 2012, 6:14pm
            I think it was the destruction of the Ring... Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Sep 7 2012, 10:40pm
                I completely agree Noel Q. von Schneiffel Send a private message to Noel Q. von Schneiffel Sep 8 2012, 7:04pm


Search for (options) Powered by Gossamer Forum v.1.2.3

home | advertising | contact us | back to top | search news | join list | Content Rating

This site is maintained and updated by fans of The Lord of the Rings, and is in no way affiliated with Tolkien Enterprises or the Tolkien Estate. We in no way claim the artwork displayed to be our own. Copyrights and trademarks for the books, films, articles, and other promotional materials are held by their respective owners and their use is allowed under the fair use clause of the Copyright Law. Design and original photography however are copyright © 1999-2012 TheOneRing.net. Binary hosting provided by Nexcess.net

Do not follow this link, or your host will be blocked from this site. This is a spider trap.