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'''Golfimbul''' was an [[Orcs|Orc]]-chieftain of [[Mount Gram]].
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'''Golfimbul''' was an [[Orcs|Goblin]]-chieftain of [[Mount Gram]].
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
Golfimbul led a band of his [[Orcs]] in an invasion of [[the Shire]] in {{TA|2747}}<ref>{{App|TA}}</ref>. He was met by [[Bandobras Took]] in the [[Northfarthing]] of [[the Shire]], and defeated in the [[Battle of Greenfields]]. During the battle, Bandobras charged at Golfimbul and knocked off his head with a club. Golfimbul's head flew through the air for 100 yards and went down a rabbit hole. It is said that this is how the game of [[golf]] was invented.<ref>{{H|Party}}</ref>
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Golfimbul led a band of his [[Orcs|Goblins]] in an invasion of [[the Shire]] in {{TA|2747}}<ref>{{App|TA}}</ref>. [[Bandobras Took]] met Golfimbul in the [[Northfarthing]] of [[the Shire]] and defeated him in the [[Battle of Greenfields]]. During the battle Bandobras charged at Golfimbul and knocked off his head with a club. Golfimbul's head flew through the air for 100 yards and went down a rabbit hole. It is said that this is how the game of [[golf]] was invented.<ref>{{H|Party}}</ref>
  
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
"fimbul" is Old Norse for "great".
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"Fimbul" is Old Norse for "great".
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==Other Versions of the Legendarium==
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At an early stage in writing ''[[The Hobbit]]'' [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] used the name "[[Fingolfin]]" for the Goblin-leader, which also contained the word "golf" for the joke about the origin of the game (although not as prominently as in "Golfimbul").<ref>{{HH|Bladorthin}}, p. 39</ref>  Many years later, in the never-finished 1960 rewrite of the story, [[Tolkien]] intended to change the name to "Gulfimbul".<ref>{{HH|NC1}}, p. 776</ref>  [[John D. Rateliff]] speculated that this was either a further evolution of Tolkien's languages or because he was dropping the golf-joke reference<ref>{{HH|NC1}}, note 24, p. 785</ref> (the 1960 revision was an effort to "upgrade" ''The Hobbit'' to the same epic level as ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'').
  
 
==See Also==
 
==See Also==

Revision as of 05:27, 26 June 2012

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Golfimbul
Orc
Biographical Information
Date of deathT.A. 2747
Physical Description
RaceOrcs
GenderMale

Golfimbul was an Goblin-chieftain of Mount Gram.

History

Golfimbul led a band of his Goblins in an invasion of the Shire in T.A. 2747[1]. Bandobras Took met Golfimbul in the Northfarthing of the Shire and defeated him in the Battle of Greenfields. During the battle Bandobras charged at Golfimbul and knocked off his head with a club. Golfimbul's head flew through the air for 100 yards and went down a rabbit hole. It is said that this is how the game of golf was invented.[2]

Etymology

"Fimbul" is Old Norse for "great".

Other Versions of the Legendarium

At an early stage in writing The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien used the name "Fingolfin" for the Goblin-leader, which also contained the word "golf" for the joke about the origin of the game (although not as prominently as in "Golfimbul").[3] Many years later, in the never-finished 1960 rewrite of the story, Tolkien intended to change the name to "Gulfimbul".[4] John D. Rateliff speculated that this was either a further evolution of Tolkien's languages or because he was dropping the golf-joke reference[5] (the 1960 revision was an effort to "upgrade" The Hobbit to the same epic level as The Lord of the Rings).

See Also

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Mr. Baggins, The First Phase, "The Bladorthin Typescript", p. 39
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Return to Bag-End, "The Fifth Phase", "New Chapter I. A Well-Planned Party", p. 776
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Return to Bag-End, "The Fifth Phase", "New Chapter I. A Well-Planned Party", note 24, p. 785