JRR Tolkien’s Gollum Movie Script – Like to see him alive…

by Jun 8, 2001Reading Room


Table of contents:
1. Introduction
2. Physiology (before as ”Smeagol the Hobbit” and after as ”Gollum the Ring Mutand”)
3. Equipment


Deep down here by the dark water lived old Gollum, a small slimy creature. I don’t know where he came from, nor who or what he was. He was Gollum – as dark as darkness, except for two big round pale eyes in his thin face. He had a little boat, and he rowed about quite quietly on the lake; for lake it was, wide and deep and deadly cold. He paddled it with large feet dangling over the side, but never a ripple did he make. Not he. He was looking out of his pale lamp-like eyes for blind fish, which he grabbed with his long fingers as quick as thinking. He liked meat too. Goblin he thought good, when he could get it; but he took care they never found him out. He just throttled them from behind, if they ever came down alone anywhere near rhe edge of the water, while he was prowling about. They very seldom did, for they had a feeling that something unpleasant was lurking down there, down there, down at the very roots of the mountain. They had come on the lake , when they were tunneling down long ago, and they found they could go no further; so there their road ended in that direction, and there was no reason to go that way – unless the Great Goblin sent them. Sometimes he took a fancy for fish from the lake, and some times neither goblin nor fish came back.

Actually Gollum lived on a slimy island of rock in the middle of the lake. He was watching Bilbo now from the distance with his pale eyes like telescopes. Bilbo could not see them, but he was wondering a lot about Bilbo, for he could see he was no goblin at all.
Gollum got into his boat and shot off from his island, while Bilbo was sitting on the brink altogether frummoxed and at the end of his way and his wits. Suddenly up came Gollum and whispered and hissed: “Bless us and splash us, my precioussss! I guess it’s a choise feast; at least a tasty morsel it’d make us, gollum!” And he said gollum he made a horrible swallowing noise in his throat. That is how he got his name, though he always called himself “my precious”.

The Hobbit jumped nearly out of his skin when the hiss came in his ears, and suddenly saw the pale eyes sticking out at him.

“Who are you?” he said, thrusting his dagger in front of him. “What is he, my preciouss?” whispered Gollum (who always spoke to himself though never haviving anyone else to speak to). This what he had come to find out, for he was no really very hungry at the moment, only curious; otherwise he would have grabbed first and wispered afterwards.

“I am Mr Bilbo Baggins. I have lost the dwarves and i have lost the wizard, and i don’t know where i am and i don’t want to know, if only i can get away.”

“What’s he got in his handses?” said Gollum, looking at the shord, which he did not quite like.

“A sword, a blade which came out of Gondolin!”

“Sssss” said Gollum, and became quite polite. “Praps we sits here and chats with it a bitsy, my preciousss. It like riddles, praps it does, does it?” He was anxious to appear friendly, at any rate for the moment, and until he found out more about the shord and the hobbit, whether he was quite alone really, whether he was good to eat, and whether Gollum was really hungry. Riddles were all he could think of. Asking them, and sometimes guessing them, had been the only game he had ever played with other funny creatures sitting in their holes in the long, long ago, before he lost all his friends and was driven away, alone, and crept down, down, into the dark under the mountains.


In Tolkien’s book “The Hobbit”, the writer describes Gollum, a unique creature. Gollum is introduced in the book when Bilbo the hobbit reaches accidentally a lake which is placed down below in the Misty Mountains. The funny thing is that the two characters belong at the same breed. Bilbo is a hobbit and Gollum was a hobbit long long ago before he owned the ring which mutated him into the creature that appears in the story. Actually Smeagol (the Gollum as a hobbit) was possesed by the ring without knowing exactly what this thing did to him. The ring is evil like darkness. The most evil of every ring that had been made in the Middle-earth during the old times. It’s a kind of drug that takes you under since the first time you put it’s been put in the finger. It gives the wearer the ability to see places beyond his imagination, giving him whisdom of the whole existence. Giving so many powers, the ring has so much evil inside that wants to give it to it’s owner as well as it’s advantages. That is why the person that uses it starts to change as the time passes.

So, Gollum was not always Gollum as he is described in the book. He was a hobbit just like Bilbo, short, fat with big hairy feet, having a normal hobbit’s life with his family somewhere in the Middle-earth. One day he was fishing with his brother next to a river and then was when he first saw the ring. Smeagol (Gollum’s name as a hobbit) saw his brother holding a shiny thing which was a ring and then he felt for the first time this uncontrollable need to hold it in his hands and allow none of this existance to touch it even though that person was his only brother who was murdered by his own hands. After that Smeagol was never seen again until we meet him in the Misty Mountain, forgotten even by god for many many years. Now he has changed and has nothing to remind us of his previous personality and outer characteristics of a hobbit.

Gollum has the same hight with a hobbit. Other anatomicly characteristics that kept since he was a hobbit are the big feet and the analogy of the head compared with the rest body ( short people seem to have big head compared to their body ). Gollum must be thin as he is eating rearly and he logically has worked mussles according to his full protein diet and considering that he is moving a lot. He has big pale glowing eyes so he can see well in the dark as he lives there for a long time now. His face must be bowny in the appearence cause of his thin howlness. He must be really dirty that’s why the author describes him black as darkness, considering of caurse the darkness of his soul.


Gollum has no technical equipment. The only equipment he has is his strong body and his great ability to hunt for survival reasons.


Gollum speaks the same language with hobbits in a personal version. He talks only in plural and appears to suffer of schizophrenic symptoms. It’s very logical for someone who lives by his own for a long time to start chating with himself so he doesn’t feel alone. Maybe after a while this person starts to play different characters and if this lonelyness never ends then he gets nuts and appears symptoms of schizophrenia. The same thing had happended to Gollum sometime in the past, of caurse with the rings help.

The scenario
(under construction)


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