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Many literary critics have observed Tolkien's work through biographical, allegorical, and source analyzing perspectives. Few scholars have considered the significance of Gollum. The complexity of Gollum is revealed through a Jungian lens and, although he is a fictional character, he may not be so far removed from reality. This character's split personality, as determined by the Ring, presents what could eventually become of man if he is not strong enough to resist that which has the potential to consume him. In other words, the worst version of the human condition is presented through Gollum and his internal conflict. He provides a new perspective of one's myth or higher purpose. Gollum may have a larger role in The Lord of the Rings, for good or ill, than even Gandalf predicts.

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