Stephen Colbert wants to make sure you never, ever confuse ‘LoTR”s Smeagol and Gollum
Some folks are casual fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. They’ve seen a movie or two (maybe even all three, and maybe even one of the Hobbit films), and have possibly even read one of the books (or at least made an attempt).
Then there are the LOTR Super Fans. These are the type who love watching the director’s cut of all the Tolkein novel-based films back to back. The ones who know a thing or two about Elvish languages, have read (and own) all the books, and who can’t come across a bridge or opening without saying, “You shall not pass!” Among them is famous actor/entertainer/all-around awesome dude named Stephen Colbert, and he made this crystal clear during a recent episode of The Late Show.
Colbert was reading a recent news story about a group of Brazilian scientists who recently discovered a new species of spider. Being big (but maybe not super) fans of LOTR, the scientists then decided to name the arachnid landumoema smeagol, possibly due to the spider’s cave-dwelling nature.
At this, Colbert could not help himself but raise the question of why they were choosing to name the 8-legged creature after Smeagol, the friendly Hobbit, rather than Gollum, certainly the creepier of the two alter-egos, who was the one who actually lived in the caves. And come to think of it, the guy does make a point with this. While not arachnophobic, I’m certainly no fan of spiders (especially when they’re in my home) and would definitely see how “Gollum” would be a way more appropriate name.
Anyway, Steven’s got quite a few more words to say on the topic so we won’t spoil il. Check out the video and you’ll see what we mean:
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