Thread: Will we see any noticeable changes to Gollum?
I haven't searched the previous posts on other threads, so I'm sorry if this has been discussed or brought up before.
On that basis there is nothing in the text to suggest a change is needed from the Gollum of the LoTR films, although they could maybe remove some of the cuts and scars he had acquired to his skin since leaving his cave between hobbit and LoTR.
I don't have the [i:2w8wfyi6]Letters[/i:2w8wfyi6] with me, but Tolkien comments that Gollum's skin was pale, though his clothing made him appear darker. (Yes, Gollum had actual clothes, not just a loincloth; his pockets are mentioned in Riddles in the Dark.) It's also worth noting how dark it must have been in the tunnels beneath the Misty Mountains. It would have been strange for Gollum to appear anything but dark.
I think the opening scenes of Return of the King were, for the most part, an era far gone even by the time of The Hobbit. Gollum as he was shown in the prologue of The Fellowship of the Ring would be a better baseline for consistency. Gollum as he appeared in FotR was rather different than in TTT and RotK, so from a strict consistency standpoint I suppose one might go with that design. Overall though, I think it would be more consistent to just show Gollum more or less as he was in the majority of his LotR scenes, though of course shrouded in darkness much of the time. His appearances in FotR are extremely minor.
I also think there shouldn't be any significant difference between LotR Gollum and The Hobbit Gollum. A 50 year time frame makes little difference in a 400 year period.
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