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In "Where Silence Has Lease", the Enterprise is trapped in a "void" by an entity which addresses itself as Nagilum. Is "Nagilum" the creature's name, or is it the species' name? Or perhaps both (as is apparently true with the Q)?

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The official Star Trek Encyclopedia has this to offer on the subject:

Hole in Space - A spatial phenomenon created by the extra-dimensional being called Nagilum

The clear implication is that Nagilum is its name.

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It is the name of the creature that spoke to Picard. The name is "Muligan" spelled backward, as actor Richard Mulligan was originally supposed to voice the creature.

  • This is interesting, but it doesn't really shed any light on the question at hand. – Valorum Aug 17 '14 at 19:23

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