Donato Giancola’s The Taming of Smeagol
The relationship of Frodo and Gollum, the most psychological and symbolic in The Lord of the Rings, reveals a dark labyrinth of choices and split personalities. On the surface Gollum shows what Frodo could become should he succumb to the ring’s powerful temptations, but by sparing Gollum and mastering his own temptations, Frodo chooses his own salvation, both body and soul. This painting echoes Judas’ cruel and tender kiss, identifying the savior, since ultimately and unexpectedly, Frodo’s conflicted mercy leads to the unwilling sacrifice of Smeagol, which heals all Middle-earth.

Such a beautiful work, I’m already picking out the space where this will go on my wall.

Donato Giancola’s The Taming of Smeagol

The relationship of Frodo and Gollum, the most psychological and symbolic in The Lord of the Rings, reveals a dark labyrinth of choices and split personalities. On the surface Gollum shows what Frodo could become should he succumb to the ring’s powerful temptations, but by sparing Gollum and mastering his own temptations, Frodo chooses his own salvation, both body and soul. This painting echoes Judas’ cruel and tender kiss, identifying the savior, since ultimately and unexpectedly, Frodo’s conflicted mercy leads to the unwilling sacrifice of Smeagol, which heals all Middle-earth.

Such a beautiful work, I’m already picking out the space where this will go on my wall.

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