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Goblin-town

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Goblin-town is a Goblin (or Orc) dwelling which lies under the High Pass in the Misty Mountains, ruled by the Great Goblin.

During the journey to Lonely Mountain, Bilbo Baggins was captured by the Goblins of Goblin-town together with the Dwarves of Thorin and Company. They are brought before the Great Goblin, who accuses them of spying, and is enraged when he finds out Thorin is carrying Orcrist, a sword the Great Goblin remembers from Gondolin. With the help of Gandalf, the Great Goblin is slain and Bilbo and the Dwarves escape, pursued by force of Goblins.

Goblin-town was a series of tunnels and caverns, which went all the way through the mountains, with a "back door" near the Eagles' eyrie in Wilderland. The cave of Gollum was close to this door.