Melkor, Fëanor, Ungoliant, and Gollum

“One begins to detect in the examples of Melkor, Fëanor, and even Ungoliant the attitudes of the spirit that are seen in later figures. The keenest example of this is Gollum. Gollum must possess Sauron’s Ring. In one way, his need to possess it reflects Melkor’s own jealous attitude. For another to possess the Ring is unacceptable and means that he will not be able to possess it. In another way, he is like Ungoliant, not really possessing so much as being possessed by it to his utter end and destruction. No matter what the object of lust and jealousy is – Sacred Jewels, Ring of Power, Arkenstone – the need to possess, to have the object of love, results in a disorder that leads to catastrophe and tragedy…”

from Tolkien’s Requiem – Concerning Beren and Lúthien



One thought on “Melkor, Fëanor, Ungoliant, and Gollum

  1. Very thoughtful and thought-provoking – thank you! Things that last – stone, jewels, metal, that last long in a mutable world where all finally passes away, and not only things, but (at least these Jewels and ring – I don’t know enough about the Arkenstone) artefacts: things shaped by one’s subcreative interaction. That that can be perverted, to produce something as evil as the One Ring! But always dangerous – its lastingness, its being work of ones mind and hands – with the temptation to possess more than enjoy, and to possess exclusively, cutting off shared enjoyment.


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