Creatures, Myths & Legends
Real-life 'Gollum' turns out to be a hoax
By T.K. Randall
June 27, 2014 · 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.
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