Re: [mythsoc] A Blogger says:
- Here's what I wrote to a friend who posed that question to me some time
ago. Borrow as you will:
No definitive answer to the Gollum/golem question, but I doubt strongly
there's any connection.
"Golem" in Hebrew implies a dead lump of clay, animated only because it's
enchanted and has Hashem written on its forehead. None of this has any
parallel with Gollum.
In _The Hobbit_ it is said that the word "gollum" is "a horrible swallowing
noise in his throat" that the creature makes, and that "that is how he got
I expect Tolkien tried making a horrible swallowing noise to hear what it
sounded like, and then transcribed it. The resemblance to "golem" would be
coincidental - there are only so many phonemes in the world.
At the Borderlands panel - which went quite well: there were about 20
people present, as many as could fit, and they asked some good questions -
someone wondered if the name Gandalf was Italian, because of the actor's
name Gandolfini. An interesting guess, but it's actually a Norse dwarf name.
- David Bratman
At 07:52 AM 1/2/2003 , Stolzi wrote:
>"Has anybody read anything on what the source of the name "Gollum" is? I was
>wondering if it's supposed to allude to Golem -- i.e. the Jewish mystical
>creatures. I don't remember reading anything about this, but we do know that
>Tolkien took words and language very, very seriously."
>It's my impression that Gollum is simply a reproduction of gurgling throat
>noises, and has nothing to do with the Golem. But can I tell him this,