Déagol (or Nahald)[citation needed] was a Stoor-hobbit of the Gladden Fields, and the cousin and best friend of Sméagol until his discovery of the Ring.



Déagol upon finding 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, he broke into a barbaric rage and strangled Déagol to get it, hiding the body, which was never found, a deed that 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 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 the Ring. Explained this way, it's easy to see how Déagol would refuse to give up the Ring when Sméagol demanded it.[1][2]


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

Appearances in the Books and FilmsEdit

In the booksEdit

In the filmsEdit

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit


Déagol appears in the beginning of Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings voiced by an unknown actor. (The Lord of the Rings (1978 film))

In Peter Jackson's movie The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Déagol is played by New Zealand actor Thomas Robins. (The Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Return of the King). His hand appears grabbing the ring in the beginning of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Thomas later played as young Thrain in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Voice Dubbing actorsEdit

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 around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዸኣጎል
Arabic سميغول
Armenian Դեագոլ
Belarusian Cyrillic Деагол
Bengali ডেঅগল
Bulgarian Cyrillic Деагол
Catalan Deagol
Chinese 德戈
Dari سميغول
Georgian დეაგოლი
Greek Δεαγολ
Gujarati ડેઅગોલ
Hebrew דיאגול
Hindi डेअगोल
Kannada ಡಗೊಲ
Kazakh Cyrillic Деагол
Korean 데아골
Kurdish ده‌اگۆل
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Дэагол
Macedonian Cyrillic Деагол
Marathi डेअगोल
Mongolian Cyrillic Деагол
Nepalese डेअगोल
Pashto ضېاګول
Persian ضهاگول
Punjabi ਡੇਅਗੋਲ
Russian Деагол
Sanskrit डेअगोल्
Serbian Деагол (Cyrillic) Deagol (Latin)
Sinhalese ඩෙඅගොල්
Tajik Cyrillic Деагол
Tamil டெஅகொல்
Telugu డెఅగొల
Tigrinya ዸኣጎል
Ukrainian Cyrillic Деаґол
Urdu دیاگاول
Uyghur دېاگول
Uzbek Деагол (Cyrillic) Deagol (Latin)
Yiddish דעאַגאָל
Bearer of the One Ring
Preceded by
Déagol Succeeded by
TA 2463


  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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