Gollum is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. He was first introduced in the author's fantasy novel "The Hobbit", and later became an important supporting character in its sequel, "The Lord of the Rings".

As a result of his descent into madness, Gollum speaks in an unusual manner: For example, he uses "we" instead of "myself", and "us" instead of "me". He also uses his own versions of words, similar to the original words. For instance, he would say "tricksy" in lieu of tricky, "hobbitses" instead of hobbits, "birdses" instead of birds, etc.

Character overview

Originally known as Sméagol, this character was later named "Gollum" after his habit of making "a horrible swallowing noise in his throat". [, although his recordings of "The Lord of the Rings," Tolkien pronounced it either IPA|/ˈsmiːgɒl/ or IPA|/ˈsmiːægɒl/. Tolkien had a habit in his writing putting diacritics in varying places, as can also be seen in the name "Eärendil", which also occurs spelled "Ëarendil".


External links

* [http://www.tuckborough.net/gollum.html Gollum] at the Thain's Book
* [http://www.glyphweb.com/arda/default.asp?url=http://www.glyphweb.com/arda/g/gollum.html Gollum] at the Encyclopedia of Arda

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