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Goblin

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"Goblin"
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Details
Type(s)
Humanoid
Source
Folklore
Scale
Small
Other names
gobblin, gobeline, gobling, goblyn, and gobbelin
Similar creature(s)
Hobgoblin, Dwarf, Imp, Gnome, Kobold, Brownie


The goblin is a small grotesque creature. Goblins are usually greedy, vile and/or straight up evil. Their appearance, intellect and demeanor vary greatly from tale to tale. In some cases they are intelligent inventors, while in others they merely driven by their mischevious nature.

Source[edit | edit source]

Goblins are featured in the folklore of many countries in northern Europe, dating as far back as to around 1,000 AD, with the tale of Beowulf.

Media[edit | edit source]

Goblins appear in the following media:

Games[edit | edit source]

Folklore[edit | edit source]

  • Beowulf
    • Goblins are said to be the descendants of Cain.

Movies[edit | edit source]

  • Labyrinth
    • Unwanted children can be offered up to the mysterious and handsome Goblin King, played by David Bowie. If they stay in the realm of the Goblin King, the whisked away children, will themselves become goblins.

Music[edit | edit source]

  • Nekrogoblikon
    • Nekrogolikon is a melodic death metal band, with lyrics that often center around goblins.

Novels[edit | edit source]

  • Berserk
  • Goblin Slayer
  • The Hobbit - by J. R. R. Tolkien, first published by George Allen & Unwin 1937 - when the thirteen dwarfs, together with Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins, seek shelter in a Misty Mountains' cave, a crack in the rock opens and they are captured by the goblins and taken to Goblin Town. Gandalf finally kills the Great Goblin with the sword Glamdring and the group around Thorin Oakenshield can flee, although they lose Bilbo Baggins on the way, who then makes a brief acquaintance with Gollum, who lives down there in a cavern with a lake.
  • The Lord of the Rings - by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Forgotten Realms - book series