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Déagol

Déagol
Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King - Déagol.jpg
Déagol from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Biographical Information
LocationNear Gladden Fields
Deathc. T.A. 2463[1]
Gladden Fields
Physical Description
GenderMale
GalleryImages of Déagol

Déagol was the Stoor Hobbit of the Gladden Fields. He is said to be similar to his friend and relative Sméagol, "sharper-eyed but not so quick and strong".

One day Sméagol had his birthday, Déagol gave a customary present (albeit begrudgingly, as he was a mean little soul),[2] which he claimed was more than what he could afford. Later they went fishing to the Gladden Fields, when a big fish pulled him, and saw something gleaming in the riverbed. When he swam out, he saw that what he discovered was a gold ring. As Sméagol (being even meaner and greedier) thought that Déagol's gift was poor and insufficient,[2] he used his birthday as an excuse to claim the ring; and as Déagol refused to hand it over, Sméagol strangled him, and hid his body cleverly so that the others didn't find it.[3]

[edit] Etymology

Déagol is an Old English translation of the "original" Westron name 'Nahald'.[4] Both names carry the meaning "apt to hide, secretive".

[edit] Adaptations

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:

Déagol is played by New Zealand actor Thomas Robins.[5]
Déagol
Died: c. T.A. 2463
Vacant
Last held by:
Isildur, c. 2461 years earlier
Ring-bearer
briefly, c. T.A. 2463
Followed by:
Sméagol

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 214, (undated, written late 1958 or early 1959), p. 292
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Shadow of the Past"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "On Translation"
  5. "Biography for Thomas Robins", IMDB (accessed 30 January 2012)
Ring-bearers of the One Ring
Sauron (S.A. 1600 - 3441) · Isildur (S.A. 3441 - 25 September, T.A. 2) · Déagol (c. 2463) · Sméagol (c. 2463 - 2941) · Bilbo Baggins (2941 - 22 September, 3001) · Frodo Baggins (22 September, 3001 - 13 March, 3019) · Samwise Gamgee (13 March, 3019 - 14 March, 3019) · Frodo Baggins (14 March, 3019 - 25 March, 3019) · Gollum (25 March, T.A. 3019)
Also briefly held the Ring: Gandalf (13 April, T.A. 3018) · Tom Bombadil (27 September, T.A. 3018)