But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
2 Cor. 11:3
The last two days, I have taken freezing showers at work. I came in on Monday to find that the hot water to the locker rooms had been shut off, presumably because I’?m the last person to be using the locker rooms (all the animal techs have long since moved to Shrewsbury). Yesterday I talked to a gal in facilities about it, but this morning I came in and found the same dismaying water situation. So I stuck my pits and face in the water, scrubbed really fast, shivered through drying off in the highly air-conditioned locker room, and dressed in record time. I hope they fix it tonight, because freezing showers in an already freezing room really suck.
Is Gollum good or bad? Ian and I discussed this question during our morning preparation, but came to no really solid conclusion. Ian asserts that Gollum is bad, because in general he acts in this pretty evil way. Gollum does ultimately betray Frodo and Sam, but the whole time, his good Smeagol side struggles with the evil Gollum side. I don’?t know if we can classify Gollum as truly bad if he has some vestige of goodness left in him; and, too, he does faithfully help Frodo and Sam most of the way. He even tries to trust Frodo. I think all those years of owning the One Ring had strengthened the evil Gollum side, while the good Smeagol side atrophied to almost nothing. Additionally, everybody treated Gollum as evil, assuming he intended harm (Sam’?s constant suspicion comes to mind), until Frodo comes along.
If Gollum is essentially controlled by the Ring — consumed by it — then is his evil really his own? Is he really a bad guy if he is compelled by the Ring to act the way he does? Granted, he started his ownership of the Ring with murder, giving the Ring an easy foothold from which to expand its domination of his life. But is he truly evil? I hope you, dear Lord of the Rings expert, can help shed some light on this thorny topic.