A Turkish court appointed five ‘Lord of the Rings’ experts to figure out whether this Gollum meme is offensive

This is a really interesting news story. The issue raises a lot of interesting questions regarding freedom of speech issues. Beyond that, however, this situation exemplifies the profound impact that literature can have on popular culture, in turn overflowing into other areas of life– even legal issues!

Turkish doctor Bilgin Çiftçi lost his job. He’s been put on trial. And whether he goes to prison hinges on one thing: Is Gollum a good guy?