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Gollum - Lord of the Rings

Gollum from Lord of the Rings played by Andy Serkis.

Gollum is a fictional male Hobbit in the Lord of the Rings film series who was played on screen by Andy Serkis. Gollum, sometimes mistakenly spelt Golem was once a hobbit like Frodo Baggins and Bilbo Baggins but he became corrupted by the One Ring. Gollum became withdrawn from the other hobbits and lived in alone. Overtime, Gollum lost his clothes through neglect, wearing only a loin cloth for his modesty. Originally known as Smeagol, he became as Gollum due to the noise he made with his throat.

Gollum refers to the ring as his Precious, a ring that has an effect on him, changing from being a normal hobbit to something unrecognisable. By the time he comes into contact with Bilbo, he has lost his hair and lost most of his clothes except for his loin cloth protecting his modesty. After loosing the ring he is determined to get it back.

In the Lord of the Rings, he offers to help Frodo and Sam to get to their objective, however its all part of his master plan to get the ring back for himself. Although Sam sees through the offer of help, Frodo is blind to what Gollum is up to. Gollum causes a schism between the two friends but Sam stands by his friend.

At the end of the Lord of the Rings, Gollum has got his ring back but is thrown into the lava from where the One Ring was forged, in Doom Mountain. When the One Ring is destroyed, the Orcs and all of Saurons army and the tower are destroyed.

Gollum in the Hobbit

Bilbo Baggins encounters Gollum when he falls from a bridge whilst fighting a Goblin. Bilbo becomes the first Baggins to make contact with Gollum. Bilbo has been separated from The Dwarves of Erebor and has found himself in a cave where he watches Gollum deal with a Goblin who is dying. Gollum kills the Goblin and drags him off to what looks like he's going to eat him. In addition to the odd Goblin that would fall into his lair, Gollum would catch and eat fish from the underground lake. During the fight between Gollum and the Goblin, the ring falls out of Gollums pocket and Bilbo picks up the ring. Gollum catches Bilbo as Bilbo is trying to leave, Gollum changes Bilbo to puzzles and only if Bilbo gets the answers right can he be allowed to leave.

Bilbo manages to outwit and steal the ring from Gollum. Bilbo uses the ring to first escape then follow Gollum hoping that the corrupted hobbit would lead the way out of the caves. The ring enables the user to become invisible therefore enable Bilbo to follow without being detected.

Gollum in Lord of the Rings

Frodo and Sam Gamgee chance upon Gollum during their journey to Mordor. Gollum offers his services as a guide and leads them through Mordor to Doom Mountain. Throughout the whole journey, Gollum works to cause friction between the two normal hobbits. Gollum eventually causes a schism between the two friends which leads to Frodo being captured but Sam comes to the rescue. Gollum is sent packing but returns later at Doom Mountain to attempt to steal the ring one last time. Gollum manages to get hold of the ring but is pushed into the lava where both the ring and Gollum are destroyed.

Smeagol, before he became Gollum

Smeagol before his transformation into Gollum in Lord of the Rings

In the story, we learn the history of Gollum and how he came to obtain the One Ring. He wasn't always a loner. He lived amongst the Stoorish Hobbits where on his birthday he went fishing with Deagol, his cousin who found the Ring in Gladden river. When Deagol refused to give up the ring, Smeagol killed him and took the ring. Smeagol was banished from the Hobbits and overtime he changed out of all recognition. During his banishment, Gollum worked for the Dark Lord as a spy and a thief.

In both Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogies, the role of Gollum was played by Andy Serkis, the go-to actor for stop-animation. Andy Serkis has also played Caesar in Rise of the planet of the Apes and subsequent sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He has played Ian Drury, the British rock and roll singer in "Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll" where he wasn't substituted for C.G.I.

In the film, Gollum never meets with Gandalf or Aragorn but in the book, Gandalf searches for and finds Gollum with the help of Aragorn.

Gollum Facts

Alien RaceHobbit
ActorAndy Serkis
Last UpdatedSaturday, February 2, 2019

Copyright: Tolkein Estates

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