Sep 22, 2021
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Why Did Bilbo Grow Older And Weaker Quickly After Giving Up The Ring, But Gollum Didn’t?

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Gollum had the One Ring for quite a while before the events of the Lord of the Rings movies. It definitely deeply affected him, both in mind and body, but he did retain some agency. In a way, though, having the Ring worked out well for Gollum. It prolonged his life and he seemed to retain his strength. In comparison, Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm) did not have the Ring for nearly as long as Gollum, but after giving it up he grew older and weaker relatively quickly. At least, that’s how it happens in the Lord of the Rings movies. The books are probably a slightly different case. Yet what is the difference between Gollum and Bilbo once they no longer had the Ring? Is it just because Gollum had the Ring longer that he retained his…

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