Sméagol, a Hobbit of the Stoor branch, residing in the GladdenFields, killed Déagol (ca. ThA 2463) when the latter refused to give Sméagol the ring he had just found in the river as a “Birthday Present”. The ring was the mightiest of the Rings of Power, the OneRing, and when Sméagol found out that wearing the ring on his finger would make him invisible he used it to cause mischief and hence was driven out the Stoor community. Smeagol hid in caves under the MistyMountains, fell more and more under the control of the ring and became Gollum.
The name “Gollum” comes from a swallowing noise, “yarr-wom”, Smeagol developed as a nervous tick.
The OneRing reached the limit of corruption it could drive a Hobbit, and it rejected Gollum when he showed no signs of leaving an underground lake. In ThA 2941 Bilbo Baggins found it. Driven from his home, he became a wretched soul, a sniveling and gurgling fiend without a friend in the world except that which he called his ‘precious’. The Ring tortured and consumed him, breaking his fragile mind until he became two distinct entities. Smeagol was his name from long ago and what little remained of that self cowered within him from the cruel counsel of Gollum, his new Ring consumed self.
Sculpted by Jamie Beswarick, the essence of Smeagol is brilliantly captured in this 1:4 scale bust. Smeagol has been hand cast in heavy weight polystone and hand painted to the highest standards. He sits on a classically turned base that includes his full name and the sculptor’s signature.