The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring

by

J.R.R. Tolkien

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Gollum / Smeagol Character Analysis

A miserable and treacherous creature who has been obsessed with re-claiming the Ring ever since he lost it to Bilbo during the events of The Hobbit. Gollum follows the Fellowship from Rivendell to Amon Hen, waiting for a chance to steal back the Ring. He was once a hobbit-like boy named Smeagol, until lust for the Ring made him murder his best friend and transformed him into the wretched figure of Gollum.

Gollum / Smeagol Quotes in The Fellowship of the Ring

The The Fellowship of the Ring quotes below are all either spoken by Gollum / Smeagol or refer to Gollum / Smeagol. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of The Fellowship of the Ring published in 1954.
Book 1, Chapter 2 Quotes

"So now, when its master was awake once more and sending out his dark thought from Mirkwood, it abandoned Gollum. Only to be picked up by the most unlikely person imaginable: Bilbo from the Shire!

Behind that there was something else at work, beyond any design of the Ring-maker. I can put it no plainer than by saying that Bilbo was meant to find the Ring, and not by its maker. In which case you also were meant to have it. And that may be an encouraging thought."

Related Symbols: The One Ring
Page Number: 54-5
Explanation and Analysis:
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Book 2, Chapter 1 Quotes

Slowly he drew it out. Bilbo put out his hand. But Frodo quickly drew back the Ring. To his distress and amazement he found that he was no longer looking at Bilbo; a shadow seemed to have fallen between them, and through it he found himself eyeing a little wrinkled creature with a hungry face and bony groping hands. He felt a desire to strike him.

The music and singing round them seemed to falter, and a silence fell. Bilbo looked quickly at Frodo's face and passed his hand across his eyes. “I understand now,” he said. “Put it away! I am sorry: sorry you have come in for this burden: sorry about everything.”

Related Characters: Bilbo Baggins (speaker), Frodo Baggins, Gollum / Smeagol
Related Symbols: The One Ring
Page Number: 225-6
Explanation and Analysis:
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Gollum / Smeagol Character Timeline in The Fellowship of the Ring

The timeline below shows where the character Gollum / Smeagol appears in The Fellowship of the Ring. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Prologue
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...partook in a game of riddles with the ring’s previous owner—a miserable, hobbit-like creature called Gollum. When Gollum realized that Bilbo had found his “precious” ring in the tunnels, he rushed... (full context)
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...some of the details about his finding of the magic ring and his encounter with Gollum. This does not sit well with Gandalf, who is surprised that the usually honest hobbit... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 2
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...is searching for the Ring in the Shire—for the Dark Lord caught the wretched creature Gollum and tortured him for information about Bilbo. (full context)
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...who are closing in on the Shire. When Frodo laments that Bilbo did not kill Gollum in the Misty Mountains—therefore allowing news of the Ring to reach Sauron—Gandalf remarks that he... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 2
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...nature of Bilbo’s ring and how he and Aragorn scoured the lands for the creature Gollum to learn about the Ring’s origins. (full context)
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Legolas, an elf, then informs the Council that Gollum has escaped his imprisonment from the elves in Mirkwood. There are fears he will return... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 9
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...suspected the Company is being followed. The two hobbits guess that it is the cunning Gollum who is tracking them, waiting for an opportunity to steal back the Ring. Aragorn reveals... (full context)
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The Fellowship paddles faster the next day, their eighth day on the river, worried that Gollum may be feeding information to Sauron’s troops about their location. They run into some difficulties... (full context)