The reason Gollum is the most horrifying figure in a world of drooling trolls and oozing orcs is that his horror is our own. Gollum is what our sin looks like when we allow it to fester, to feed. (Here we have Plantinga’s parasite idea again.) We all have a ring in our lives – something that tempts us and will devour us if we give ourselves over to its power. The ring is whatever we value more than God; it’s whatever we value more than others. It’s the supremacy of the self, and we need to clear it from our throats before we choke.
As Trump also explained to 700 Club founder and “Christian Sméagol”, Pat Robertson ..
.. Wikipedia’s Gollum Page: Peter Jackson, the creator of the character in movie adaptations, defended the pictures and said all these pictures are actually “Smeagol”, not the evil Gollum. Jackson expanded on the difference, saying that “Sméagol is a joyful, sweet, character. Sméagol does not lie, deceive, or attempt to manipulate others. He is not evil, conniving, or malicious – these personality traits belong to Gollum, who should never be confused with Sméagol. Sméagol would never dream of wielding power over those weaker than himself. He is not a bully. In fact he’s very loveable.” Elijah Wood called the incident “horrifying”. Many Turkish citizens also defended the physician on social media.