how do you think dirk would feel about gollum? like i know their origin stories are totally different but gollum's redemption arch always got me since he got a friend and was progressing into this friendly thing and then it was just taken from him and he never got to see the big picture and then died friendless and hated but was still crucial for the case i mean plot. like do you think dirk felt empathetic and/or related to gollum when he read the book
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My take on this is that Dirk Gently would pity Gollum more than he actually identified with him? Because the thing about Gollum’s tragedy is that it was always inevitable. The Ring wanted to be found. It wanted to be worn. It wanted to return to Sauron. It preyed on the weakness in Sméagol’s mind and turned him into something broken and twisted. As a plot device he’s central to the climax of the story (Frodo succumbed at the end and what would Sam have done if Gollum hadn’t acted?) but his character trajectory is almost predestined.
And honestly I can see that scaring Dirk more than anything else? He knows that the universe will take him where he needs to go, but it’s never where he wants to go. The universe doesn’t care if he’s hurt or alone or terrified so long as he’s useful, so long as he completes whatever task is required of him. The idea of being a tool rather than a person probably isn’t a nice one, and that’s not even taking into account his experiences being treated as a lab rat by the CIA.
It’s possible that Dirk would look at the Ring’s manipulation of Gollum and see parallels with the universe’s manipulation of him but, despite all his talk about being a leaf on the steam of creation, Dirk seems to value autonomy pretty highly. He tells Todd that “just because you know you’re playing a game, doesn’t mean you don’t choose your moves”. I think he’d hate to identify with Gollum because he’d hate the idea that one small choice or mistake would set him (or anyone else) on a path of irrevocable catastrophe and failure.