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Real-life 'Gollum' turns out to be a hoax


Posted on Friday, 27 June, 2014 | Comment icon 29 comments

Two images of 'Gollum' in the Chinese mountains. Image Credit: YouTube / Epic Wildlife
A strange Gollum-like creature photographed in China has been revealed to be an actor in a costume.
Internet users were left baffled this week when pictures emerged on social media showing an odd gangled creature crouching down on some rocks.

Allegedly encountered by a hiker in the mountains near the Great Wall of China, the familiar looking creature bears more than a passing resemblance to Gollum from Lord of the Rings.

As it turns out however, far from being a real-life counterpart to one of Middle-Earth's most recognisable inhabitants, the peculiar looking cryptid was actually nothing more than an actor in a costume who was being filmed as part of a movie.

The unwary star was believed to have been taking a break to relieve himself behind some rocks in between takes when the hiker appeared out of nowhere and started to take photographs of him.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (29)

Tags: Gollum, China

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #20 Posted by John Wesley Boyd on 29 June, 2014, 2:04
We all like to suspend our disbelief and enjoy a good yarn or mystery. I try to take all the stories and pictures in the spirit in which they are given. Ii's nice to have one's curiosity piqued, if only for a moment or two.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Scheming B on 29 June, 2014, 2:16
Just some poor guy with numerous physical and mental disabilities. If you watch the old Black and white film "Freaks" theres a few of the individuals in it that have similar problems. SO, yes Mishkin nailed that one
Comment icon #22 Posted by CrimsonKing on 29 June, 2014, 2:49
If you watch the old Black and white film "Freaks" theres a few of the individuals in it that have similar problems. SO, yes Mishkin nailed that one You are correct,got that movie on dvd somewhere around here...
Comment icon #23 Posted by shrooma on 29 June, 2014, 6:35
there are quite a few heroin addicts in my town, so i see wizened-up, Gollum-like creatures almost every day! .
Comment icon #24 Posted by DefenceMinisterMishkin on 29 June, 2014, 11:39
I believe the condition is called Microcephaly http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microcephaly Otherwise rather cruely known as "Pinhead" syndrome. Your right about the movie Freaks having a Microcephalic character, and also more recently the second season of American Horror Story had a microcephalic character. Aside from that, this poor guy seems to suffer from numerous other physical conditions.
Comment icon #25 Posted by John Wesley Boyd on 29 June, 2014, 14:34
What is this? Looks like one of the Red Deer cave people.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Silent Trinity on 30 June, 2014, 17:26
No s h i t it's fake? ..... you don't say? lol christ
Comment icon #27 Posted by DefenceMinisterMishkin on 30 June, 2014, 17:40
Poor guy was just trying to take a **** in peace, and along came some yahoo with a camera and started snapping him..
Comment icon #28 Posted by maryport on 11 October, 2014, 12:39
its a fake
Comment icon #29 Posted by Yes_Man on 11 October, 2014, 14:52
its a fake no really? I thought it was a real life alien


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