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Charles Dickens, in his A Christmas Carol (1843), for example, takes Ebeneezer Scrooge back to his childhood, reminding him what he was once like and of what he once cared about, and then forward into his present to see the lives of others and the piteousness of Bob Cratchit's little boy, Tiny Tim.
Beyond his piteousness, readers are pleased to find something redeeming and salvageable in Gollum through the satisfaction he finds in serving Frodo (and Sam, although he'd prefer not to), as he becomes a member of a small community, first of two with Frodo, and then of three with both Frodo and Sam.
Other group terms include a hastiness of cooks, a shrewdness of apes, a cloud of flies and a piteousness of doves.