Long ago there lived by the banks of the Great River on the edge of Wilderland a clever-handed and quiet-footed little people, said Gandalf to Frodo,
"I guess they were of hobbit-kind (and) the most inquisitous and curious-minded (of them all) was... Sméagol." (The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien, p.65)
Philosophically, Sméagol was a pagan materialist, and being proud and intensely interested in power, in his quest for the knowledge of how things work here below he burrowed under trees, tunneled into green mounds, examined roots and dove into deep pools. During his quest he fell further and further away from Iluvatar (the personal God of life and creation) and as his starving soul turned ever inward away from the personal Light above it grew dark and began to disintegrate into hardness, hatred, and spiritual impoverishment. For Gollom, Iluvatar ceased to exist.
Just as Gollum's fall into an infinity of darkness was preceded by pride, so was pre-flood man's fall. In "Against the Heathen," early Church Father Athanasius reveals that a proud spirit led antediluvians to make light of the higher things of the Lord, and in their wickedness they deliberately disregarded what they knew to be true (Romans 1:18), and like Gollum, began to seek in preference power in the lower or natural dimension. Thus they fell into worship of self, sorcery, sexual pleasures and acquisition of status and things to the living God and His Truth.
The truth as to this evil said Athanasius,
"....is that it originates, and resides, in the perverted choice of the darkened soul"which, "materialized by forgetting God" and engrossed in lower things, "makes them into gods," and thereby "descends into a hopeless depth of delusion and superstition," whereby "they ceased to think that anything existed beyond what is seen, or that anything was good save things temporal and bodily; so turning away and forgetting that she was in the image of the good God, she no longer... sees God the Word after whose likeness she is made; but having departed from herself, imagines and feigns what is not (and then) advancing further in evil, they came to celebrate as gods the elements and the principles of which bodies are composed...." (Against the Heathen, New Advent)
From the antediluvians, to Gollum and their modern counterparts, anti-Christ, counterculture revolutionaries , all are infected by hatred of God, lust for earthly power and by the delightful madness of showy spectacles:
"They love such temporal things and seek their happiness in them. They pursue the earthly objects of their desire wherever they lead and fear anyone who seems to have the power to take them away." (On True Religion, 38, 69; "Saint Augustine," Donald Burt, p. 30)
Sauron was an upper level angelic being, a Maiar, second only to Melkor (Lucifer). His Ring of Power symbolizes satanic power here below, thus after Gollum's bulging, covetous eyes fell upon the ring he obsessively pursued this earthly object even unto the murder of his friend Deagol. Then armed with his "precious" he used its' power (Saurons' power) to spy, to find out incriminating secrets, to blackmail, slander, dominate, terrorize, and much like Americas' maddened Progressive Democrats, Hollywood stars, media, and academic Leftists, to put his ill-gotten knowledge to crooked and malicious uses:
"He became sharp-eyed and keen eared for all that was hurtful (and) he took to thieving and...muttering to himself, and gurgling in his throat." (ibid, Tolkien, p.67)
Desiring an end to his wickedness and a return to peace, the other Hobbit-kind cursed him and expelled him from the family. Even so, said Gandalf, Gollum was not yet fully ruined, not wholly desolate, as there yet remained a little corner of his mind that was still his own. Light (good memories) came into that corner as through a 'chink in the dark,' but these good memories only made the evil part of him angrier. (Tolkien, p. 68)
In these brief passages Tolkien masterfully paints a bleak and terrible picture of the spiritual destruction of Gollum's soul – the deadening of conscience and hardening and turning of the will to wickedness resulting in disordered, imbecilic reasoning issuing in pathological lying, unhealthy obsessions, paranoia, psychosis and thoughts of vengeance and murder. Gollum's' darkened embittered, disintegrated soul was devoid of hope, peace, love, truth and light.
Just as the spiritual source and taproot of the fall into apostasy of Western and American anti-Christ counterculture revolutionaries and their search for power here below is Satan (Lucifer), Gollum's fall is also a movement of spirit whose source and taproot is Sauron. Sauron is the first lieutenant of Melkor (Lucifer) who led Gollum away from Iluvatar, the supernatural, living, personal Creator God above Who is the origin and only source of life and spirit, the Author and Designer of everything good, beautiful, natural and true and the Revitalizer of the spiritually dead souls of men:
"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day." (2 Corinthians 4:16, ESV)
Rather than spiritual regeneration, by his own free choice Gollum chose spiritual desolation, thus became a walking dead body that sustained itself in the manner of a parasite or vampire.
Tolkien creatively depicts the inner desolation and decay of the souls of Gollum, Grima Wormtongue, and the Orcs (apostate elves) outwardly, with blackened eyes and fingernails, rotting gums and decaying teeth, fetid breath; stringy, greasy wisps of hair, and greasy, bloody bodies that obviously reek with the putrid stench of decay and death. The sign of their modern counterpart is the wildly popular Walking Dead.
The walking dead exist at every level of global society. At the highest corridors of power is a monstrous parasitic Committee of 300, known also as the global plutocracy whose equally parasitic bureaucratic tentacles encircle the globe, allowing the parasite to live off of the blood, sweat, and tears of billions. Here in America, the Walking Dead also exist at every level of society from the lowest to the highest corridors of financial, political and judicial power together with Hollywood, big media, academia, the porn and abortion industries, large masses of purposeless walking dead who live off of taxpayers, and other forces of chaos..
In this brief snapshot is depicted the global parasite, its encircling tentacles, and its purposeless masses. Like Gollum, the global parasite and its lesser parasites freely chose spiritual desolation rather than regeneration. Thus they are the anti-Christ counterculture revolutionaries—-the Walking Dead.