Forlorn, Ruinous, Wretched: A Study of Gollum

Gollum by Alan Lee

Gollum is generally regarded as the most complex character in J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Beyond his iconic speaking mannerisms, he is a character of great thematic relevance and psychological depth. Advancing from his simpler and menacing form in The Hobbit, the Gollum of the sequel is darker and more tragic than his previous incarnation. This Gollum is a character torn between two halves, a more…