Uncovering Pippin's Perfect Gollum Impression in Lord of the Rings

Mason Riverwind

Updated Saturday, July 6, 2024 at 12:00 AM CDT

An intriguing conversation on Tumblr has sparked a fascinating observation about J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" series. User "sum1rathertookish" shared a thought-provoking detail about Pippin's unexpected talent in the books, highlighting his accurate impression of Gollum despite never having met him.

In the beloved series, Pippin's stunning Gollum impression left orcs startled and convinced of its authenticity. This raises the question: how could Pippin mimic Gollum so perfectly? The only plausible explanation is that Bilbo, a master storyteller, must have performed impeccable Gollum imitations while recounting his adventures to the young hobbits of the Shire.

This amusing detail adds a new layer to the characters and their interactions. User "mirkwoodest" further elaborates on the peculiarity of Frodo and Sam travelling with Gollum, comparing it to the unsettling experience of journeying with a figure from their childhood bedtime stories, akin to Rumplestiltskin.

The discussion has garnered various reactions from fans and literary enthusiasts. Comments range from appreciation for the amusing detail to deeper reflections on the storytelling traditions of hobbits. One user noted, "Hobbits are huge storytellers. They love talking, telling stories, hearing stories," emphasizing the rich oral culture that could have led to such accurate impressions.

Another user humorously pointed out, "More like traveling with the boogeyman," capturing the eerie yet fascinating presence of Gollum on the journey to Mordor.

This conversation not only highlights the depth of Tolkien's world-building but also showcases the enduring engagement of fans who continue to find joy and curiosity in these beloved tales. Whether through accurate impressions or the weirdly enchanting travel companions, "The Lord of the Rings" continues to captivate and intrigue its readers.

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Imagine just going about your day at work and realizing that SpongeBob SquarePants is at the desk next to you.


Maybe Gollum was famous. We all know an Arnold Schwarzenegger impression most do terrible ones and a few do amazing ones.


That's other really surprising, given that Bilbo seemly recounts his adventures all the time. It's referred to a lot.


I never thought about this, but it brings me joy


More like traveling with the boogeyman.


Chekov wasn't crew on the enterprise when Khan was there so how could Khan have recognized Chekov in Star Trek 2 ?


Alrighty I guess I have to reread the books (again) to observe this


When did Pippin impersonate gollumn?


alternatively, bilbo's impersonation was horrible, but pippin's impersonation of bilbo's impersonation was also horrible, but somehow matched the real gollum.


Iirc he gives the gollum impression under duress in order to make it seem like he has the one ring, keeping the orc from killing him and Merry. So he had to intuit that Gollum's ownership of the ring was hallmarked by him being that way.

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