Stephen Colbert explains how Smeagol and Gollum are different: The Late Show host frees his inner Lord of the Rings nerd (VIDEO).

Stephen Colbert Is Fed Up With People Confusing Sméagol and Gollum

Stephen Colbert Is Fed Up With People Confusing Sméagol and Gollum

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Nov. 21 2015 1:58 PM

Stephen Colbert Is Fed Up With People Confusing Sméagol and Gollum

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It's been clear for some time now, but Stephen Colbert is a Lord of the Rings obsessive, and on Friday the host took a few minutes to critique what he saw as a half-baked Tolkien homage by Brazilian scientists.

The problem? Said scientists recently named a new species of spider after Lord of the Rings character Sméagol, for the reason that the arachnid, like its namesake, was “scary-looking” and “lives in caves.” But Sméagol, in fact, is a gentle, peace-loving hobbit; Gollum is the cruel, cave-dwelling creature he becomes after being corrupted by the Ring. One distinction to rule them all, folks.

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