Questions about a character named Gollum from Toklien's "Lord of the Rings" related works (LOTR/Hobbit).

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Did Eru trip Gollum?

The LOTR wiki lists four times Eru Ilúvatar intervened in the history of Arda: (1) creating Elves and Men, (2) removing Aman from the spherical Earth, (3) resurrecting Gandalf, and (4) making Gollum ...
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Who came to know Gollum had once possessed the One Ring?

Related: Sauron, Gollum, and the Ring I've always found it interesting that Gollum possessed the One Ring for approximately five hundred years without Sauron sniffing it out; it seems actual talk of ...
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Why didn't Gollum kill Frodo and Sam?

I'm only basing this question on the LotR movies, since I haven't read the books. Gollum starts following Frodo and Sam, and then one night jumps out and tries to kill them and take the ring. They ...
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Was the Smeagol/Gollum dynamic a product of the Ring, or loneliness?

Is there any indication about whether the split-personality relationship between Smeagol and Gollum was a direct result of the Ring's influence? Obviously it had an incredibly powerful effect on him, ...
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Why did Smeagol become addicted to the ring, when Bilbo did not?

Why did Smeagol turn into a 'creature', but not Bilbo Baggins? Deagol found the ring in a lake, Smeagol stole it and then turned into a weird creature. Bilbo did not turn into a creature when he ...
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How could Gollum follow the Fellowship out of Khazad-dum?

Gollum starts following the Fellowship soon after they enter Moria. Frodo hears his faint footsteps throught their journey to Balins tomb in the Hall of Records. But how could Gollum follow them out ...
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Is there direct evidence that the Riverfolk were actually Hobbits?

I understand that Smeagol was a Hobbit-like creature at least and always thought the "river-folk" were distantly related beings (similar to say, the Hyena and the Dog, but not actually exactly the ...
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Does Gollum know that others call him Gollum?

I don't recall any of the characters in LotR or The Hobbit calling Sméagol Gollum to his face. It seems to be more of a private epithet. Is this correct? Does Gollum know that others call him Gollum?
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Did the One Ring choose Sméagol over Déagol?

Did the One Ring "choose" Sméagol over Déagol while they fought over it? Did it intentionally seduce Sméagol perhaps because he was less innocent than Déagol?
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How did Sauron not know about the ring?

It says in the fellowship of the ring that Sauron learned that the One Ring was still in existence, partially from Gollum. Gandalf says during his explanation to Frodo that "he believed the one had ...
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If Gollum had the one ring so long, how did he not have more power?

Is it as simple as "he didn't know what to do with it"?
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Would Gollum's clothes turn invisible when he wore The One Ring?

We know that both Frodo and Bilbo turned 100% fully invisible when wearing The One Ring, their clothes included (as seen in Bilbo's disappearing trick at his farewell party, and Frodo's disappearance ...
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Was Gollum always a hobbit?

Gollum first appears in the Hobbit, as a pitiful creature from whom Bilbo 'steals' the ring. From what I remember, there is no mention of his hobbithood. He's just a unique creature Bilbo finds. ...
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Why does Gollum address himself as “we”?

When talking to himself or talking to other people, Gollum likes to address himself as "we," e.g.: "we likes you". There is only one Gollum, so why does Gollum talk as if there are many Gollums? And ...