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.
Portrayal in adaptations
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|
|Italian (Italy)||Roberto Ciufoli|
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Kazakh||Деагол (Cyrillic) Deagol (Latin)|
|Serbian||Деагол (Cyrillic) Deagol (Latin)|
|Uzbek||Деагол (Cyrillic) Deagol (Latin)|
|Bearer of the One Ring|
|Bearers of the One Ring|