Gollum, originally known as Sméagol, was once a Hobbit. The name Gollum was derived from the gurgling, choking cough he made. His life was extended far beyond its natural limits by the effects of possessing the One Ring. At the time of his death, Sméagol was about 600 years old, a remarkable age for a creature that was once a Hobbit, but he had been deformed and twisted in both body and mind by the corruption of The Ring. His chief desire was to possess The Ring that had enslaved him, and he pursued it for many years after Bilbo Baggins found it while walking in the Misty Mountains in the book ”The Hobbit”. Gollum also loves riddles, as is shown in ”Riddles in the Dark”, chapter five of the Hobbit. Gollum both loves and hates the Ring, as he loves and hates himself. He also loves fish.