Oh...I swear I'm not a monster...just an old woman who's been too-long too-attached to Sméagol. It was first-read love. Though I cannot say why!
All: my nickname among friends is Sméagol, even my face (some say) resembles his movie version...what could I say???
I still say the same: I appreciate good art, and this is it!
(Sorry for sounding overdefensive and cowardly...it's just I don't get way too much love for thinking the way I do...:) ... But look at the positive side to it!...It's less competence for everyone who wants to have Frodo or Sam for themselves! XD
Hey, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and there's no need for bashing from anyone! Smeagol/Gollum is one of the great characters in English literature- I love him myself, though perhaps more because he's so pitiable.
Phew. Sorry for being overdefensive. I'm naturally a loner, and so many people have "hated me rightaway" for liking this character that I tend to do that. But you know what they say "Dog that barks might not bite". I don't. Not usually. Not when people's kind like you are! ^^
Thanks for being tollerant to the differing of opinions! I LOVE that! Being able to like different things, though also able to discuss them in a civilized and good way, in order to share everything: what we do like and what we don't.
p.s: Urrrhhhh...I have to say it. I know Sméagol's life is a mess. I know he's pity worthy...but...actually I like him because I like him. Not really out of pity.
Ack, I'm 31 yrs old and I still don't know what touched such a deep cord within me about this character when I first read those books...I was only 8...and instead of freaking out about the weird little guy who wanted to eat the protagonist...I LIKED HIM!...And adopted him forever...sigh.