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Déagol from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Biographical Information
LocationNear Gladden Fields
DeathT.A. 2463[2]
Gladden Fields
Notable forBeing murdered by Sméagol
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Déagol

Déagol was a Stoor Hobbit of the Gladden Fields that found the One Ring and was murdered by Sméagol.


Déagol was a friend and relative[3] of Sméagol, being "sharper-eyed but not so quick and strong".[4]

One day Sméagol had his birthday, Déagol gave a customary present (albeit begrudgingly, as he was a mean little soul),[3] which he claimed was more than what he could afford.[4] Later that day, though still very early in the morning, they went fishing in the Gladden Fields on a boat. When Sméagol took a break to nose about the banks, a great fish pulled Déagol to the bottom of the water. Upon seeing something gleaming in the river-bed, he abandoned his fishing equipment and seized the gleaming object. When he swam out, "with weeds in his hair and a handful of mud", he saw that what he discovered was a "beautiful golden ring". Yet, as he gloated over his finding, Sméagol watched him from nearby and silently approached him, desiring the ring. Sméagol, being greedy, thought that Déagol's gift to him was poor and insufficient,[3] and thus 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.[4]

In the years following the murder of Déagol, Sméagol became haunted by his actions, making up the defense that it was his birthday and that Déagol should have given it to him. After Sméagol became Gollum, he repeated his defense over and over as he gnawed bones within darkness until he very nearly believed it himself.[4]


Déagol is a name that is based on the Old English word deagol (digol), which means "secret" or "hidden".[5] It is a translation of the "original" Westron name Nahald, which means "secret" in the Northern tongues of the Vales of Anduin.[1]

Portrayal in adaptations

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:

Déagol is played by New Zealand actor Thomas Robins.[6]
Died: c. T.A. 2463
Last held by:
Isildur, c. 2461 years earlier
briefly, c. T.A. 2463
Followed by:


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)