This is going to be my last quote from The Hobbit, I think, because I'm afraid that if I go much further into the book, I'm going to start publishing spoilers, and that is just NOT FAIR to all of you, dear readers. But, our dear friend Javmango asked me to publish pictures by Alan Lee with one of my posts, so I cannot refuse ;) (sorry if the passage is a bit dark...I have always thought that the character of Gollum is really cool. I haven't seen him in the Lord of the Rings books or movies, yet...so that might change my opinion...)
"Deep down here by the dark water lived old Gollum, a small, slimy creature. I don't know where he came from, nor who or what he was. He was Gollum-- as dark as darkness, except for two big round pale eyes in his thin face. He had a little boat, and he rowed about quite quietly on the lake; for lake it was, wide and deep and deadly cold. He paddled it with large feet dangling over the side, but never a ripple did he make. Not he."
~J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit)