Yesterday I shared the news about Gollum case in Turkey. Even Turkish court had assigned an expert for deciding of Gollum character is bad or good.
Today, Director of Lord of Rings made a statement about the case:
Peter Jackson and the screenwriter Fran Walsh, said: “If the images … are in fact the ones forming the basis of this Turkish lawsuit, we can state categorically – none of them feature the character known as Gollum. All of them are images of the character called Sméagol.”
Besides, Frodo, Elijah Wood made a comment over twitter about the case:
“That Bilgin Ciftci faces jail time for comparing Erdogan to Gollum/Smeagol, regardless whether he’s good or bad, is horrifying.”
I hope these statements will be accepted as the expert thoughts. Otherwise Tolkien can be called beyond the grave for taking his opinion about the character of Gollum/Smeagol:)