Lord of the Rings and Mental Health

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My favorite movie/trilogy of ALL time!

Just so you know I’m a HUGE Lord of the Rings movie fan! I say movie, ’cause I’ve read all three books and well…the trilogy series does a VERY good job at getting to the point of the plot of the series. So, yes I’ve read the books, including the Hobbit (never got to finish it, cuz my sister took from me right when the movie came out. Jerk. Never got that book back from her.) and the Silmarillion (which is amazeballs)!

Smeagol/ Gollum have always been made fun of as the creature who is coming off strong drugs or someone who is schizophrenic, but you know something? I think he represents people with any sort of mental illness, especially those battling with depression and/or anxiety when they perform tasks and/or relate with others. The scene with Smeagol/Gollum is a perfect example of this.

Gollum/ Smeagol: We wants it. We needs it. Must have the precioussss. They stole it from us. Sneaky little hobbitsesss. Wicked, tricksssy, falssse! No! Not Master. Yes precious. False. They will cheat you, hut you, lie.

Smeagol: Master’s my friend.

Gollum (Taunting): You don’t have any friends. Nobody likes YOU..

Smeagol: Not listening. Not listening!

Gollum: You’re a liar and a thief.

Smeagol (Shaking his head): Nope.

Gollum (Whispers): Mur…derer…!

Smeagol (Starts to cry and whimper): Go way!

Gollum (Cackles): Go away??? Hahahahaha!

Smeagol (Cries, Whispering): I hate you…I hate you.

Gollum (Fiercely): Where would you be without me? Gollum, Gollum. I saved us. It was me. We survived because of me!

Smeagol (Resolute): Not anymore.

Gollum (Surprised): What did you say?

Smeagol: Master looks after us now. We don’t need you.

Gollum: What?

Smeagol: Leave now and never come back.

Gollum: No!!!

Smeagol (Louder) Leave now and never come back!

Gollum (Bares teeth, growling): Arghhhh!

Smeagol:  LEAVE NOW AND NEVER COME BACK.

Smeagol pants and looks around for Gollum

Smeagol: We…we told him to go away! And away he goes, preciousss. [Dances around, happily] Gone, gone, gone! Smeagol is free!

Lord of the Rings: Two Towers

Written by Frances Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair, and Peter Jackson, from the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien

Honestly, this scene reminds me of what goes on in my head when I encounter people, especially. I get this inner dialogue that goes on that doubts my ability to relate to others and/or for others to relate to me. Then there are days when I think I’ve pushed my anxiety aside and I’ve won…only to find out it’ll come back sometime later.

Anyways, enjoy this podcast. You will enjoy enjoy it!

Check out:

Superhero Therapy Podcast E17: Psychology of Lord of the Rings

A Precious Case from Middle Earth

Heroes of Middle Earth: J. Campbell’s Monomyth in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (1954-1955)

Man’s Search For Meaning

Othering and Diversity in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

4 thoughts on “Lord of the Rings and Mental Health

  1. I absolutely LOVE that part! It’s tragic that he did not remain free, but later on Gollum had a horrible relapse and was worse off than ever he was before. This is, of course, a frightening prospect for all of us who deal with a mental illness. Thank you for sharing this!

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  2. Wow! Love this comparison — and it’s so true! I think all of us have a little bit of this going on! Thanks for sharing. I’ll never see that scene the same way again (and that’s a good thing!)

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