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Revision as of 18:54, 15 November 2010

For the main article on this subject, see Orcs.

Goblins is another name for Orcs[1][2].

The term was used primarily in The Hobbit but also in The Lord of the Rings where it is used synonymously with "Orc".[3]

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). It is a Romance-derived word, unlike other Germanic words preferable by Tolkien[4]

It's possible that goblin is the Hobbitish name of the creatures, as opposed to the "pure" Rohirric Orc which is Old English.[5]

Portrayal in Adaptations

2003: The Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring:

Goblins have been made clearly distinct from Orcs

2006: The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II:

Goblins have been made clearly distinct from Orcs

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Goblins are small in stature; a little shorter then Hobbits.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 131, (undated, written late 1951)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 144, (dated 25 April 1954)
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Departure of Boromir"
  4. http://tolkien.slimy.com/tfaq/EnemyMisc.html#Orcs
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age", "Of Men"