Part of this is book and part of this
Gollum was once a Hobbit like creature known as Sméagol. His friend
found the One Ring in the Bed of Anduin and Sméagol stole it from him
and took it into the deep reaches of the Misty Mountains. There it
plagued his mind for 500 years, until it felt it was time and left
Gollum only to be picked up by Bilbo. Gollum was devastated that he had
lost his "precious" and soon he made his way to Mordor. Gollum
was captured at Mordor and tortured by Sauron's minions to find the
location of the ring but the only information he gave was "Shire,
Baggins" thus leading the Black Riders to the hobbits. [Book] Gollum
escaped Mordor (or was released) and was captured by Aragorn who then
took him to the Mirkwood elves, but at the Council of Elrond, Legolas
told of how Gollum had escaped leaving him free to follow the fellowship
and the ring south to Mordor. "One day he refused to come down
.. he had learned the trick of clinging to boughs with his feet as well
as his hands." [/Book] Gollum is a Computer Generated Animation
and is voiced by Andy Serkis.
In Fellowship of the Ring Gollum follows the fellowship into
Moria where Frodo sees him and says "It's a pity Bilbo didn't kill him
when he had the chance." Gandalf's reply "It's pity that saved
him ... Gollum has some part yet to play in all of this." Even Aragorn
and Boromir notice him trailing them down the River Anduin (Special Edition DVD).
In The Two Towers (hopefully the Special Edition version) we will see Gollum's past where his friend
Déagol finds the ring and Sméagol kills him claiming the ring is his
"birthday present". He goes deep into the Misty Moutnains and lives
for 500 years in its depths and become consumed by the ring. By chance Bilbo
finds the ring whilst running from Goblins and takes the ring from Gollum.
After leaving the fellowship behind, Frodo and Sam find their
trek through Emyn Muil is being dogged by the creature Gollum. They capture him
and bind him with Sam's elvish rope and form an alliance with him to get him to
lead them into Mordor for only he knows the way.
"No, no Master! Don't take the Precious to him! He'll
eat us if he gets it, eat the whole world."
Courtesy of The Two
Towers Visual Companion by Jude Fisher for some of the quotes and information
In the movie the sequence where Gollum and Sméagol are having a
conversation is priceless - it is so cute and so funny, "But Master's
our friend... You don't have any friends, nobody likes you ... *hands over ears*
Not listening," "Leave now and
never come back ... what?...Leave now and NEVER come back... he's gone ...I told
him to go and he did" Sméagol does a happy dance yelling "he's gone,
he's gone." His voice and expressions are so realistic that you can't
even tell that he is CG animated at all. The face of Farmir when Gollum comes
back "Sméagol why are you crying?" and has a conversation with
himself is a crack up. Gollum was handled brilliantly and I wasn't in the least
bit disappointed - I have been waiting for two years to see what he looked like
and I am not disappointed in the slightest. "Rock and pool is nice and cool, so
juicy sweet, our only wish to catch a fish so juicy sweet."
Disclaimer: I don't own these lyrics I got them
from the TTT Soundtrack by Reprise Records - Warner Bros Music. For those
that don't have the soundtrack here are the words to Horward Shore (Music), Fran
Walsh (Lyrics) and Emiliana Torrini (Vocalist) Gollum's Song:
Where once was light Now darkness
falls Where once was love Love
is no more Don't say - goodbye Don't say - I
didn't try ... These tears we cry Are
falling rain For all the lies Your
told us The hurt the blame! And we
will weep To be so alone We are
lost! We can never go home So in the
end I will be - what I will be No
loyal friend Was ever there for me Now
we say - goodbye No we say - you didn't try
... These tears you cry Have come to
late Take back the lies The hurt, the
blame! And you will weep When you face the
end alone You are lost! You can never
One of the most sinister but well loved
characters he goes more and more evil as the movie progresses, Gollum has
convinced the Smeagol half that the Hobbits are bad and that they must die so
that he can have the Ring too to himself.
We get to see the beginning of
Gollum’s reliance on the Ring where we start with Smeagol and Deagol fishing
in a river until Deagol finds the Ring, Smeagol tries to get it from Deagol
claiming it as his birthday present but his friend doesn’t give it up so
Smeagol kills him, he is banished from his home and he retreats, slowly
decaying, “We forgot the taste of bread.” And he turns into Gollum, deep in
the Misty Mountains.
He leads them to the steps of
Minas Morgul and they travels up but along the way Sam overhears Gollum plotting
their deaths, “he’s a villain.” But Gollum convinces Frodo that “He
wants the Ring for himself.” He even plots to get Frodo against Sam by
planting crumbs over Sam and throwing the remaining lembas bread over the cliff.
Frodo sends Sam away and Gollum thinks he has won and leads Frodo to Shelob
where he waits until the spider has finished with him to get the Ring. But Frodo
escaped and Gollum attacks him only to be thrown over the cliff.
Thinking Gollum gone, Frodo and
Sam make their way across Mordor and up into Mount Doom where Gollum attacks
them again and tries to take the Ring and it is only when Frodo claims the Ring
for himself does Gollum clobber Sam
on the head and attack Frodo taking off Frodo’s finger and claiming the Ring.
The look of shear exaltation on his
face is hilarious and he jumps up and down with glee until Frodo crash tackles
him and he falls into the lava of the volcano and dies.
Andy Serkis plays both the human
and CGI side of Gollum and when asked what memorabilia he had he told Empire
that he was given a replica of the Ring, “Because it was my birthday and I
Any of the thumbnails