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Déagol, also known as Nahald, was a Stoor-hobbit of the Gladden Fields. Déagol was the cousin and best friend of Sméagol until his discovery of the Ring.

Biography

Deagol

Déagol having found the One Ring

Déagol was born some time between TA 2400 and TA 2430. Déagol and Sméagol apparently lived in an extended family under a Matriarch. He became the third bearer of the One Ring, after Isildur, when he found it in the Gladden river (a tributary to the Anduin) with his cousin Sméagol. On Sméagol's birthday in TA 2463 they went fishing (or rather Déagol fished while Sméagol dug in the earth), and a big fish pulled Déagol underwater. It was then that he discovered the One Ring, half-buried in the river-bed. When Sméagol saw the Ring, he stared at it with great desire, and then asked to keep it for his birthday. When his cousin refused, Sméagol became enraged and strangled Déagol to death, hiding the body, which was never found. This deed haunted Gollum for the rest of his life.

Of the Ring's bearers, Déagol carried it for the shortest collective time, possessing it only for no more than a few minutes. By contrast, the next shortest, Samwise Gamgee, carried it for a full day, and all the other Ring-bearers held it for at least a year. Déagol was also the only Ring-bearer never to use the Ring, all the others making use of its gift of invisibility at least once.

It was possible that the Ring had already affected Déagol in a way that made him desire to keep it, explaining his unwillingness to give it to Sméagol.[1][2]

Etymology

Déagol is an Old English translation of the "original" Westron name Nahald. Both names carry the meaning "Apt to hide, or "secretive".[3]

Portrayal in adaptations

Films

Déagol appears in the beginning of Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings, voiced by Anthony Daniels.

Déagol is fully seen in the third installment of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, The Return of the King. He is played by New Zealand actor Thomas Robins. In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, only his hand appears, picking up the Ring in the Gladden River.

Voice dubbing actors

Foreign Language Voice dubbing artist
Spanish (Latin America) Arturo Mercado Jr
Spanish (Spain) Jordi Pons
Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD) Ivo Roberto
German Pierre Franckh
Hungarian Gábor Kossuth
Italian (Italy) Roberto Ciufoli

Translations

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዸኣጎል
Arabic ديغول
Armenian Դեագոլ
Belarusian Cyrillic Деагол
Bengali ডেঅগল
Bulgarian Cyrillic Деагол
Chinese 德戈
Estonian Varglik
Georgian დეაგოლი
Greek Ντίγκολ
Gujarati ડેગોલ
Hebrew דיאגול
Hindi डेअगोल
Kannada ಡಿಗೋಲ್
Kazakh Деагол (Cyrillic) Deagol (Latin)
Korean 데아골
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Дэагол
Macedonian Cyrillic Деагол
Marathi डेगोल
Mongolian Cyrillic Деагол
Nepalese डेअगोल
Pashto ضېاګول
Persian ضهاگول
Punjabi ਡੀਗੋਲ
Russian Деагол
Sanskrit डेअगोल्
Serbian Деагол (Cyrillic) Deagol (Latin)
Sinhalese ඩේගෝල්
Tajik Cyrillic Деагол
Tamil டெஅகொல்
Telugu డీగోల్
Ukrainian Cyrillic Деаґол
Urdu دیاگاول
Uzbek Деагол (Cyrillic) Deagol (Latin)
Yiddish דעאַגאָל
Bearer of the One Ring
Preceded by
Isildur
Déagol Succeeded by
Sméagol
TA 2463


References

  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter II: "The Shadow of the Past"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F: Family Trees (Hobbits), II: On Translation
  3. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
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