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Billy T
28-11-2003, 05:22 PM

Agathokakological - composed of both good and evil

With the LOTR World Premiere for The Return of the King imminent, perhaps it would be appropriate to recognise the extraordinarily complex character-traits Tolkien gave to Smeagol (Gollum).

From the original adventures of Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit," through to the climactic events on Mount Doom, Gollum provided continuity and an ever-present reminder of the Power of the Ring. He was without doubt the most agathokakological creature Tolkien could imagine.


Billy 8-{) :|
And as befits a computer-oriented Forum, there is
a link between Gollum and computing. When Data General
were developing their first 32 bit Eclipse mini-computer, the
prototypes were named Coke and Gollum. And, true to its
namesake, Gollum was the trickiest of the prototypes and
posed the most mind-teasing problems during debugging.

Terry Porritt
28-11-2003, 05:59 PM
That's a good one, even though difficult to say. We are all agathokakological, there must some good even in Sadam, s'pose it's the ratio that matters

Murray P
28-11-2003, 11:48 PM
I'm sure he'd make good fertilser Terry or would that be more correct as better? ;)

Cheers Murray P