Thread: Poll: Missunderstood Character
'Which character in Tolkien's legendarium is the most misunderstood by readers' found over there to the right, who did you choose and why?
This poll was suggested by Tyrhael - Thanks Tyrhael.
Feanor - no one seems to understand his grief for the loss of his peerless work and his grief for the cold-bloded murder of this father. (no matter what you guys say i always think that the doom of the noldor was predestined and nothing could have changed it).
I really love and admire how Tolkien was able to make so many characters so complex, there are really a lot that qualify for being misunderstood and I haven't voted because I just can't pick between them. I thought of Gollum first but I think if you read in depth about his past he was a bit of a baddie to begin with and the ring just brought that out more and more. He killed Deagol to get the ring before it had had any influence on him and I guess I'm harsh but I have little sympathy for him.
Tom Bombadil was kind of a surprise entry to me. He's so unlike anyone else I think I'll put him as the front runner.
Sauron isn't on the list but he's one Isure don't understand. I know he was one of Morgoth's minions but I wonder why...
It's also a fact that 'mis'understanding is merely in the eye of the beholder; one's judgement of an event or character of LOTR might be different from somebody else, which might prompt somebody else to label this as "mis"understanding, which it is not always. Sometimes it's a mere different opinion.
Of course were "misunderstood" in the poll meant by his contemporary characters instead of readers, then I suppose it might be Fëanor whose character was quite complex. Turin only misunderstood himself, if I've read him rightly.
But I voted for Gollum, I think. This is beacuase I have about five or six friends who have all read the LOTR, and whenever we talk about Gollum, he is always a villain, a sort of force that acts to hinder the destruction of the Ring, and they rarely speak of him as a victim (which he is). Maybe they didn't read the book carefully enough, or maybe they simply didn't pay as much attention to a character that was neither cute nor handsome nor heroic (they know all the Aragorn and Arwen details well enough). I personally don't see why Gollum may be misunderstood, for anyone who has read the trilogy would feel at least a little dint of pity for him, or at least acknowledge his part in the destruction of the Ring, yet most of the readers who are not overly fanatic about LOTR seem to undervalue Gollum.
Just my real-life observations. The other characters are less misunderstood. I mean, everyone knows how complex Feanor is, and how blinded Boromir was by the Ring, and how Tom Bambadil is an enigma, and how Frodo suffered and eventually gave into the temptation of the Ring.
But yes, I voted for Gollum.