A new piece The Lord of the Rings The AI ​​art reimagines Gollum’s creature, giving him a more sinister look than his big-screen counterpart. It was first described in JRR Tolkien’s 1937 novel The Hobbitmodern audiences are now most familiar with the version portrayed by Serkis Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. A halfling named Smeagol, whose people were closely related to the hobbits of the Shire, Gollum was slowly twisted in both body and mind by the One Ring’s corrupting effects.


Now a new piece of AI art Jose Luis Rodriguez Mena It offers an alternate vision of what Gollum might look like in the finished films.

Goblin-like in appearance, this new version of Gollum looks much scarier than the version Serkis brought to life through his on-set performance. Depicted in his watery cave, this Gollum is every inch the scheming and misguided creature plagued by Sauron’s One Ring.

How Gollum’s design has evolved over the years


Nowadays, it is almost impossible to think of Tolkien’s Gollum without imagining the image of the cinematic version brought to life on the screen. By Andy Serkis. Widely hailed as one of the most influential performances of both of Jackson’s trilogies, Serkis’ performance as the sad and pathetic creature has become firmly entrenched in pop culture as the definitive version of the character. Still a long time ago Batman Always wearing his motion capture suit, Gollum is often portrayed very differently on screen.

After decades of being depicted on covers and other illustrations by famous Tolkien artists, Gollum’s first cinematic appearance came in 1967 thanks to a short animated film by Gene Deitch. The Hobbit. Dubbed Goloom, Deitch’s Gollum counterpart was a very different creature, resembling a highly stylized insect with a large body and thin, spiky limbs. Ten years later, another animated version The Hobbit Produced by Rankin/Bass and animated by Japan’s Topcraft, the original developer of the famous Studio Ghibli. This is the 1977 version The Hobbit Imagined Gollum as a toad-like monster, bearing little resemblance to his progeny.

Depends on: Why Gollum looks different in the Fellowship of the Ring

However, since Jackson The Lord of the Rings In the trilogy, the character is indelibly associated with his unique appearance, first depicted in 2002. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. despite previously indicated during The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Serkis’ character design was later changed for the second film to better suit his motion capture abilities. Even now, more than 20 years later, new depictions of the character, e.g Lord of the Rings: Gollum the game is still deliberately returning to the iconic version of Serkis.

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