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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Gollum / Smeagol with sound clips and images.
Smeagol was an ordinary Hobbit who came into possession of the One Ring and deteriorated into the being now known as Gollum (named after his habit of making a throaty swallowing noise on occasion). After losing the One Ring to Bilbo Baggins, he would pursue the One Ring for the rest of his unnaturally extended life. Smeagol and Gollum exist as two personalities in the same being and often quarrel with each other when they are alone.
Created by CatsTuxedo on Fri Jul 9 2010, 19 Comments, Add Comment
The Hobbit (1977)
Gollum / SmeagolBrother Theodore
Brother Theodore
The Lord of the Rings (1978)
Gollum / SmeagolPeter Woodthorpe
Peter Woodthorpe
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Gollum / SmeagolAndy Serkis
Andy Serkis
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring The Video Game (2002)
Gollum / SmeagolQuinton Flynn
Quinton Flynn
The Hobbit (2003)
Gollum / SmeagolDaran Norris
Daran Norris


Brother Theodore's rendition is very convincing, not to mention fun to listen to.

Peter Woodthrope's acting is pretty solid, but his voice lacks the creaturesque quality that makes the character.

Andy Serkis does a good job at making Gollum sound vicious and ill-tempered and Smeagol sound pitiful and benign, but what is more impressive is that both voices never sound like they're coming from completely different people, which captures the duality of the character nicely.

Quinton Flynn sounds like he has potential, but he has too minor of a role to really show the audience what he can do.

Daran Norris, while having the voice down-pat, isn't quite strong enough ("My riiing" is particularly weak).

In the end, I'm going with Serkis, with Brother Theodore a close second.


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said at 10:42 AM on Tue Jul 29 2014
Andy Serkis is Hands Down the best as Gollum.

Brother Theodore is 2nd while Daran is 3rd.

Quinton only had a line or 2 so it was too brief to be considered better than the others.

Peter was just using a normal voice making his performance weak.
said at 12:34 AM on Sun Jun 29 2014
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There's actually a point in the FOTR game where Gollum has a conversation with Aragorn and gives him a swordfish (!?!?!) to use as a weapon. No, I'm not making this up.

It's pretty secret, but it happens during the Amon Hen level. I know it's for real and gone through and done it several times, but I unfortunately don't have the proper equipment to record it, let alone put it on this site.

Maybe someone else with more time on their hands could track this secret down with the intent of recording it? Because just using his one line from the opening video just seems wrong.
said at 3:18 AM on Mon Apr 21 2014
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Dee Bradley Baker as Gollum, if he used his Larfleeze voice in a higher pitch.
said at 3:27 AM on Mon Apr 21 2014
Number 1: Andy Serkis - This is Gollum! nuff said.
Number 2: Brother Theodore - Good voice and acting, closer to how I imagine Gollum would sound like.
Number 3: Daran Norris - Good voice, good acting.
Number 4: Quinton Flynn - The clip is too short, I can't judge it properly.
Number 5: Peter Woodthorpe - Easily forgettable, sounds too normal.
said at 5:51 AM on Sat Jan 18 2014
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Andy Serkis : For me, he nailed the role, he IS Gollum/Smeagol.

Brother Theodore : A good performance, really creepy, despite the appearance of Gollum in this cartoon, he looks like a big frog.

Quiton Flynn : Too short, I can't juge his performance.

Daran Norris : He's fine but a little too deep.

Peter Woodthorpe : His acting is fine but he sounds too......I don't know. Normal ? And kinda forgettable.
said at 2:43 PM on Fri Oct 4 2013
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I think Steve Blum would make a pretty good Gollum/Smeagol.
said at 9:21 PM on Sun Oct 13 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight Using an evil, deranged version of his Guilmon/Blunk voice. I've actually imagined that for a long time.
DreamMaster08X (Moderator)
said at 6:30 PM on Tue Dec 17 2013
said at 4:50 AM on Fri Mar 8 2013
Andy Serkis first, Brother Theodore second & Quinton Flynn third.
said at 1:49 AM on Wed Oct 3 2012
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Andy, naturally. He's Gollum in the flesh. But Brother Theodore is delightfully insane, and Daran comes in third I think.
said at 11:19 PM on Thu Mar 28 2013
I doubtfully agree.
said at 5:04 AM on Sun Jan 1 2012
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Andy, hands down.
Blue Paratroopa
said at 1:19 AM on Mon Aug 15 2011
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I agree with the editor---Brother Theodore was wonderfully scary, but Andy was the best Gollum/Smeagle.
said at 6:08 PM on Mon Mar 28 2011
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@Meagol: Theodore overacted too though. Just listen to the "THIEF! BAGGINS!" again. Gollum is insane; going over-the-top sometimes is required.

I agree with the editor's opinion. Both Andy Serkis and Brother Theodore were perfect in the role. Flynn and Norris just couldn't pull it off and Peter Woodthorpe sounds like a member of the Beatles.
meagol (Guest)
said at 12:23 AM on Tue Aug 24 2010
Brother THEODORE all the way.

Serkis overacted so much he fell over...
smarttamarr94 (Guest)
said at 6:04 PM on Sat Jul 10 2010
Call me crazy but I think you have Daran and Quinton mixed up for some reason
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 2:00 PM on Fri Jul 9 2010
I agree with Peter being the worst and to me Daran's take is too deep of a voice. Its a toss up for me between Brother Theodore and Andy but I am voting for Andy.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 1:58 PM on Fri Jul 9 2010
Very unique voice compare here CatsTuxedo! Nice Job!
john (Guest)
said at 1:19 PM on Fri Jul 9 2010
Peter is the worst out of them he put no effort into it in the book he is clearly described as having a raspy voice, the rest did an okay job, I'm going with Andy since I'm more used to him.

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