I think I just realized why “Gollum” (the Tolkien character) is so named. In Jewish mythology, there is this creature called a “golem” made out of clay (or stone) that is animated by a piece of paper in his head that says, “G-d is truth.” [I think that is right. I'm a little rusty on my Jewish mythology.] Gollum, while he retains a bit of Sméagol, is basically a shell, animated only by the power of the ring; he is a twisted golem, given life by Sauron rather than G-d, but a sort of golem nevertheless.
And for my next trick, I’ll bite the head of this chicken and take a bow.