Gollum Vs. Smeagol Essay

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The Two Towers is the second book in J.R.R. Tolkien?s epic trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. In this book, Gollum, a character in which people know little about, plays a very important role. From the previous books The Hobbit (which is the prequel to The Lord of the Rings) and The Fellowship of the Ring, he is portrayed as an evil being that will do anything to possess his ?precious?, which is the one ring that was made by the dark lord Sauron. In The Two Towers however, some light is shed on what Gollum was like before he obtained the ring through his alter-ego Smeagol. The creature Gollum is a prime example of the ring?s power and how it corrupts all who possess it. Throughout The Two Towers it can be seen that Gollum has two different personalities, and that there is some good deep down inside of him. Throughout the book Gollum wrestles with the good and evil inside him.The character Gollum is a filthy, devious, and evil creature. Despite this, he is a very cunning being as well. He is notorious for these reasons and very dangerous. However there is another side to Gollum which is brought out of the darkness in this book by Frodo Baggins. This other side is his alter-ego Smeagol. Smeagol surprisingly, was once a hobbit like Frodo and Samwise Gamgee, but the ring deformed his body and warped his mind. He was a humble yet somewhat paranoid hobbit (Serkis 1). Another attribute of Smeagol was that he was trustworthy; this is something that Gollum was most certainly not. This sharp contrast in the two characters shows the tremendous power of evil in the ring. The ring transformed the humble creature of Smeagol into the devious creature of Gollum.The one ring came into existence a very long time before Gollum came into possession of it. It began with the formation of the rings of power. Three rings were given to the elven lords who were the wisest and fairest of all beings. Seven rings were given to the dwarf lords who were master craftsmen of the mountains and caves. Finally, nine rings were given to the rulers of men, who all the creatures of the world desired power. In these rings was the power to govern all of the races of the world. However they were all deceived, for there was another ring that was forged in secret of the land of Mordor. Deep in the fires of Mount Doom, the dark lord Sauron created a master ring in which he poured all of his hate and malice. This was the one ring that would rule them all. One by one the lands of Middle Earth began to fall to Mordor. Despite this, there were some who resisted Sauron. Isildur took up his father?s sword, defeated Sauron, and the one ring passed to him. He could have destroyed the ring but he allowed evil to live on and it lead him to his death. The ring was then lost from the world and became a myth. It was forgotten about for two and a half thousand years, until it by chance a new possessor picked it up. This possessor was a friend of a hobbit named Smeagol (Fellowship, motion picture).Smeagol...

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