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Agape's Attempts  by Agape4Gondor 7 Review(s)
Queen GaladrielReviewed Chapter: 5 on 10/31/2007
Oh, my, very chilling! I donít think Iíve ever read anything from the grandmotherís POV before. So thatís whee he got ďmy precious.Ē Thatís somehow disturbing and yet deeply sad, that he held onto those words of hers and twisted them as he did.

elanor winterflowersReviewed Chapter: 5 on 7/22/2007
This is excellent! I'd love to see this expanded. The sound of it is just great--very compelling!

Author Reply: Wow - expand Gollum? I really really have a difficult time with this character! Bad to the bone... have no doubt about that. But at one time truly loved... *shivers*

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 5 on 7/9/2007
That desire for control that led him to name a frog an oliphaunt! A shuddery tale!

Author Reply: Hmmm - never thought of it as desire for control - but yes, that is what the Ring gave him, wasn't it??? *shivers*

BranwynReviewed Chapter: 5 on 7/8/2007
It is a plausible idea that Deagol started with small evils--torturing animals and stealing--before graduating to murder. Certainly that is the documented pattern among serial killers in the real world. And thank you for remembering that Smeagol's people were ruled by a matriarch--one of the few dominant females that Tolkien tells us about.

Author Reply: I think you meant Smeagol in this - and I agree 100% - the book intimates that Smeagol did not 'suddenly' - as the movie made it - turn bad. He was already well on the way. Nasty character.

I absolutely loved the thought of his grandmother, from the very first. One of the 'forgotten' women of Tolkien, strong and firm in the face of a horror that would have laid low a lesser woman!

Thanks for the catch on Drabble #4 and for your comments! Most appreciated.

Pearl TookReviewed Chapter: 5 on 7/8/2007
Again, hauntingly beautiful.

"Forgotten forever was the sound of his sweet voice."

Wonderful, considering how we all know his voice came to sound.

Author Reply: Isn't that the truth, Pearl!!! All we ever 'hear' is what has become of his voice. His grandmother heard him coo'ing as a babe, jabbering as a toddler, and speaking with grace as a child... and then -- -- she heard what that voice became. Hideous.

Grey WondererReviewed Chapter: 5 on 7/8/2007
It really must have hurt his family to see what he was becoming and they had no reason at all to explain it. I can't imagine their frustration and fear as they watched him change. This is very moving and I haven't read much written about this.

Author Reply: Thanks, GW - I'm not sure Smeagol's people were around any longer. From what I can recall, all he had left was his grandmother. I wonder, as head of her clan, if she had time for him. Though NOTHING excuses what he did or became - it was his choice.

But she did see, in the end.

NestaReviewed Chapter: 5 on 7/8/2007
At long last that famous grandmother gets a voice! She certainly got a very poor return for her bringing up of Smeagol. It must be truly awful to be a conscientious (grand)parent of a child that goes inexorably to the bad.

Author Reply: She has always held a soft place in my heart. It seems she did her best by him, but this Stoor was bad to the bone.

That one moment, in the cave during the Riddle contest, when he remembers her - it is so bittersweet!

ďBut suddenly Gollum remembered thieving from nests long ago, and sitting under the river bank teaching his grandmother, teaching his grandmother to suck-ďThe Hobbit, Chapter 4 - Over Hill and Under Hill

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