What does everyone think of the lovable and slimy Hobbit thing Gollum? Was he inherently evil or was it just because of the ring? I liked the character of Gollum, I thought he contrasted well with Sam and gave Frodo someone to show compassion for and keep the rings affects at bay, partially anyway. The way he was still involved with the rings fate gave it a good ending. But I do think he was at least partly evil to begin with. When Deagol first found the ring all it took was for Smeagol to see it to get him to kill Deagol and take the ring. While the evil effect it had on Frodo and Bilbo was limited at first.