I talk to people about how Gollum got out of Moria. The West Gate was destroyed by the Watcher in the Water and Gandalf destroyed the spindly little bridge when he fought the Balrog and said, "Fly, you fools!" (At least in the films.) More often than not, I'm told that Gollum was a really good climber, and that makes a certain kind of sense.
But maybe there could be another explanation: Gollum the Green (or whatever color he is). A Gollum that everyone can love, if not as much as I do, then at least as much as... someone who likes anybody. This goody Gollum would be happily welcome into any Free People's area to rest & relax with everyone and not run off. He'd not climb to the top of a tree nor do any tricksy things. He wouldn't curse or hates Bagginses forever, but be like sunshine to the soul. Even people who don't paint their miniatures would paint this sweetheart of a... Gollum-type being. Like me. they would keep him in his own tiny plastic bag, carry them in their pocket, ask, "What's in my pocket?" and then pull him out to gaze admiringly upon, saying, "It came to me. It's mine. My own. My Precious." And Gandalf would remind us that it was called that before, but by me, by someone else.