Late show host explains why the daddy longlegs spider should be named Gollum instead of Smeagol.
Stephen Colbert is a huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkein and his creation ‘The Lord of Rings’.
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It made him upset when scientists from Brazil discovered a new species of spiders and named it after Smeagol or Iandumoema smeagol a character from the Lord of Ring series.
But the problem he thinks is they have misnamed the Brazilian daddy longlegs spider that was discovered in the cave recently. The late show hosts explains where the scientists went wrong. They thought Smeagol is the scary looking and cave dwelling creature like the new spider. But the fact is it was the Gollum who is the cruel villain who lived in the cave and was being corrupted by One Ring. And Smeagol was, in fact, a gentle and peace-loving hobbit. So, scientists should have named the spider Gollum instead of friendly Smeagol.
“That creature was not Smeagol anymore; that was Gollum. You don’t discover a venomous snake and name it Anakin; you name it Darth Vader.” Colbert argues.
The second thing is if scientists want to name a spider after a ‘Lord of the Rings’ character, they should choose the name Shelob, a giant spider from Middle Earth legendarium who appears in third installment of the series “The last offspring of Ungoliant whose poison killed the two trees and who consumes light and vomits darkness – you know spiders?”
The newly discovered pale yellow spider lives in complete darkness inside the caves and feed on invertebrates. But giving the new species of arachnid an ‘unreasonable’ name, forced Colbert to lecture even the scientists.
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“I thought you guys were scientists,” Colbert said. “This is sad.”