ORIGINS OF GOLLUM: In the year before he started writing THE HOBBIT, J. R. R. Tolkien wrote a poem about a a creature named Glip, who lived in a "cave of stone" with "sharp white teeth" and "eyes that gleam green jelly." Tolkien further describes Glip as "a slimy little thing sneaking and crawling under fishy stones." Though Tolkien said that Gollum's name derived from the choking sound in his throat, it's interesting to note that in Old Norse the word for gold is "goll," and Gollum's entire identity seems swallowed up by his obsession for the ring of gold.

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