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:''For the main article on this subject, see '''[[Orcs]]'''.''
 
:''For the main article on this subject, see '''[[Orcs]]'''.''
 
'''Goblins''' is a name synonymous with [[Orcs]], the term was used primarily in ''[[The Hobbit]]'' and within ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' it is most commonly used by [[hobbits]].
 
'''Goblins''' is a name synonymous with [[Orcs]], the term was used primarily in ''[[The Hobbit]]'' and within ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' it is most commonly used by [[hobbits]].

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For the main article on this subject, see Orcs.

Goblins is a name synonymous with Orcs, the term was used primarily in The Hobbit and within The Lord of the Rings it is most commonly used by hobbits.

Etymology

Goblin is a folk word, which according to "The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English," is probably derived from the Anglo-French gobelin a diminutive of Gobel (cf. Kobold).

Portrayal in Adaptations

In some adaptations, Goblins have been made distinct from Orcs, contrary to what Tolkien intended. This was implied in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, and was in turn used for the strategy games The Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring and The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II.