Many people do not know that Tolkien's lord of the rings was written as an allegory for Christianity. In my opinion the ring, the precious as golem calls it, represents the shadowy force that underlies all desire. It can be read that the ring represents addiction, but to understand it in terms of Christianity I think the ring needs to be understood as representing what underlies addiction or any type of desire. In this sense addiction is just a word that we use when someone has a single overwhelming desire rather than the usual scattering of many smaller desires. Many small desires is equally a problem but it allows people to function in less extreme ways. Instead of being pulled in one direction they are pulled in different, at times contradictory directions. We label this as normal but it is equally poisonous.