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Thomas Robins portrays Déagol in Peter Jackson's The Return of the King


Biographical information

Other names
Ring-bearer (very briefly)
Date of birth
Between TA 2400 and TA 2430 ?
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Realms ruled

Physical description

Hair color
Eye color

Déagol (or Nahald) was a Stoor-hobbit of the Gladden Fields and the cousin and best friend of Sméagol until his discovery of the 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. Afterwards, Déagol's body was never found, as he was murdered far from home and Sméagol cunningly hid it, a deed that haunted Gollum for many years.


Déagol after finding the One Ring.

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. He was also the only Ring-bearer never to use the Ring (all the others having either used it at least once), though this was because he was killed before he had the chance.

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]

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


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

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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