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PostPosted: October 29th, 2006, 11:32 pm 
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I think I get your meaning and I'd like to expand on that idea.

You said Gollum could represent "those of us who are still deciding which way". Instead, what if he represents those of us who have decided wrongly and are trying to get back on the right path. We want to get back on that good path because there is something there pulling us to the that path, yet even as we try to get there we are being pulled back. It's like a game of tug of war. We want to be good, yet once we have "fallen" so to speak it is harder for us to go back to how we once were.

Woo.. hope you all understood that. :P


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What you are saying sounds like something I've read in another place Larael. "I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway." I love the evil but I hate it at the same time! Poor Smeigel. I feel for him because I feel in my own life what was torturing him.

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As he relates to the Ring, I think that Gollum represents the ultimate corrupting effects of power.

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That's a hard question actually.I don't know, I mean Gollum is really sad because Gollum is really annoying and mean to him and Smeagol wants to help the hobbits and Gollum wants to kill them because they have the ring. But I can't help you better.

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PostPosted: August 7th, 2012, 9:48 am 
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I agree, but I don't think Gollum is pure evil. I think the ring drove him mad, and now, it's a part of hime, and he can't let it go without a fight. He needs the ring.

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PostPosted: August 7th, 2012, 12:11 pm 
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Good point felarof. Gollum is not pure evil, just lost - like the sheep in the parable of Christ. He has lost himself into the ring. He is no longer real.

There are no evil things or creatures, only evil desires. And even these desires must be acted on by making wrong choices to transform us to such a degraded state as Gollum. Tolkien says that "nothing is evil in the beginning".

I love what Peter Kreeft says about this in his book Heaven, The Heart's Deepest Longing:

"All things are created by God and therefore good. All that is desirable in things is an image of the supremely desirable God. Therefore even our evil desires are searching for God. There is simply nothing else to desire except God or God's images and reflections. Evil is not desiring evil things but desiring lesser goods and desiring in the wrong way (selfishly, not unselfishly)."

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PostPosted: December 14th, 2012, 10:16 pm 
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Gollum represents mental instability, obsession, greed, selfishness, and how all of this can be disgusting and yet pitiful.

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