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Gollum's Lake

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This article describes a concept which is mentioned in J.R.R. Tolkien's works, but was never given a definite name.
Gollum's Lake
General Information
LocationIn a cave in the Misty Mountains, deep below Goblin-town
DescriptionIcy cold pool of water
People and History
EventsRiddle-game between Bilbo Baggins and Gollum

Gollum's Lake was a small subterranean body of icy cold water inside the Misty Mountains. The lake had a tiny island in the middle, which provided protection for Gollum from the nearby Goblin camp and was where he lived for over four hundred years during the Third Age[1] (Gollum entered the Misty Mountains about T.A. 2470 and departed in 2944; how long it took him to find the lake is unknown).[2] The lake harboured fish, which was the main food source of Gollum.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Riddles in the Dark"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"