Other Names: Nahald 'secret'
Location(s): Vales of Anduin
Dates: ? - 2463 III
'[Long] ago, there lived by the banks of the Great River on the edge of Wilderland a clever-handed and quiet-footed little people. I guess they were of hobbit-kind; akin to the fathers of the fathers of the Stoors, for they loved the River, and often swam in it, or made little boats of reeds. ... The most inquisitive and curious-minded of that family was called Sméagol. ...
'He had a friend called Déagol, of similar sort, sharper-eyed but not so quick and strong. On a time they took a boat and went down to the Gladden Fields ... Déagol sat in the boat and fished. Suddenly a great fish took his hook, and ... he was dragged out and down into the water.... Then he let go of his line, for he thought he saw something shining in the river-bed; and holding his breath he grabbed at it.
'Then up he came ... and he swam to the bank. ... [When] he washed the mud away, there in his hand lay a beautiful golden ring; and ... his heart was glad. But Sméagol had been watching him..., and as Déagol gloated over the ring, Sméagol came softly up behind.
'"Give us that, Déagol, my love," said Sméagol....
'"Why?" said Déagol.
'"Because it's my birthday...," said Sméagol.
'"I don't care," said Déagol. "I have given you a present already, more than I could afford. I found this, and I'm going to keep it."
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 2, The Shadow of the Past
Elena Tiriel 25Jul06