Questions tagged [gollum]

For questions about Gollum, also known as Sméagol, a hobbit-like creature and longtime ring-bearer in Lord of the Rings.

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Does Gollum know that others call him Gollum?

I don't recall any of the characters in Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit calling Sméagol Gollum in his face. It seems to be more of a private epithet. Is this correct? Does Gollum know that others call ...
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Why did Gollum ever take off the ring in the first place?

Bilbo was able to take the ring because Gollum had taken it off. If you had the ring, and were accustomed to wearing it, why would you ever take it off anyway?