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'''Sméagol''' was a [[Hobbit]] of [[Stoors|Stoor-kind]] who lived on the banks of the [[Anduin]] in the later [[Third Age]]. His friend [[Déagol]] came upon the [[One Ring]], but Sméagol murdered Déagol and took the Ring. He was eventually exiled by his people, and crept into the roots of the [[Misty Mountains]], where he became the creature of the dark better known as [[Gollum]].
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[[Image:Peter Jackson's The Return of the King - 0001.jpg|thumb|250px|''Sméagol'' played by [[Andy Serkis]] in [[The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King]].]]
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'''Sméagol''' ([[Old English|OE]], pron. {{IPA|[ˈsmæ͡ɑːɣoɫ]}}; also '''[[Trahald]]''') was a [[Hobbits|Hobbit]] of [[Stoors|Stoor-kind]] who lived on the banks of the [[Anduin]] in the later [[Third Age]]. He was an inquisitive Hobbit who was interested in roots and beginnings. His friend [[Déagol]] came upon [[the One Ring]], but Sméagol murdered Déagol and took the Ring. He was eventually exiled by his people, and crept into the roots of the [[Misty Mountains]], where he became the creature of the dark better known as [[Gollum]].
  
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==Etymology==
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Sméagol is the translation of actual [[Westron]] name ''[[Trahald]]''.
  
==Origin of the name==
 
 
[[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] explained in his [[Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings]] the origin of the name ''Sméagol'' in the lemma on [[smials]]:
 
[[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] explained in his [[Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings]] the origin of the name ''Sméagol'' in the lemma on [[smials]]:
 
{{quote|'''Smials'''. A word peculiar to hobbits (not Common Speech), meaning 'burrow'; leave unchanged. It is a form that the Old English word '''smygel''' 'burrow' might have had, if it had survived. The same element appears in Gollum's real name, '''Sméagol'''.|Tolkien }}
 
{{quote|'''Smials'''. A word peculiar to hobbits (not Common Speech), meaning 'burrow'; leave unchanged. It is a form that the Old English word '''smygel''' 'burrow' might have had, if it had survived. The same element appears in Gollum's real name, '''Sméagol'''.|Tolkien }}
  
See more information [[Gollum#Name & Pronunciation|here]].
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The name [[Smaug]] which means "squeezed through a hole" is also related.<ref>{{HM|L}}, [[Letter 31]]</ref>
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Sméagol (OE, pron. [ˈsmæ͡ɑːɣoɫ]; also Trahald) was a Hobbit of Stoor-kind who lived on the banks of the Anduin in the later Third Age. He was an inquisitive Hobbit who was interested in roots and beginnings. His friend Déagol came upon the One Ring, but Sméagol murdered Déagol and took the Ring. He was eventually exiled by his people, and crept into the roots of the Misty Mountains, where he became the creature of the dark better known as Gollum.

[edit] Etymology

Sméagol is the translation of actual Westron name Trahald.

Tolkien explained in his Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings the origin of the name Sméagol in the lemma on smials:

"Smials. A word peculiar to hobbits (not Common Speech), meaning 'burrow'; leave unchanged. It is a form that the Old English word smygel 'burrow' might have had, if it had survived. The same element appears in Gollum's real name, Sméagol."
― Tolkien

The name Smaug which means "squeezed through a hole" is also related.[1]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter (ed.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 31