4933Re: Smeagol and Deagol
- Jan 6, 2002--- In mythsoc@y..., Mark Harris <mark_r_harris@y...> wrote:
>I'm not defending Peter's changes to the story, but I'm not sure
> This flash of empathy, crucial for the epic and its
> moral underpinning, has at least a partial basis in
> kinship. Is Jackson going to make it clear that Gollum
> is in fact a degraded hobbit? Gollum's exercise of his
> moral agency, "for good and ill", as Gandalf puts it,
> rests upon these facts, but so far there is little
> indication that Jackson is going to treat him as
> anything but another monster.
Gollum will be treated as just another monster. Peter has certainly
riddled Middle-earth with monsters, but why would he leave in the
dialogue where Gandalf tells Frodo that pity stayed Bilbo's hand,
when he had the chance to kill Gollum?
I think Peter intends to explore Gollum's character, and though it
may not be as good a portrayal as that in the book, it's a given that
much of what appears in the book cannot be translated to the big
screen so easily anyway.
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