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[[Image:Hobgoblins.jpg|thumb|''Hobgoblins'' by Ron Chironna for MECCG]]
 
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'''Hobgoblin''' was a name "''for the larger kinds''"<ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Hobbit]]'': Note in 1966 edition</ref><ref>[[Wayne G. Hammond]] and [[Christina Scull]] (HarperCollins''Publishers'' 2008), ''[[The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion]]'', pg. 24</ref> of [[Orcs]] found in [[Middle-earth]] in the [[Third Age]]. The term perhaps, but doubtfully, refers to the large soldier-orcs known as [[Uruk-Hai]].
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'''Hobgoblin''' was a name "''for the larger kinds''"<ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Hobbit]]'': Note on Runes (1966 and later editions)</ref><ref>[[Wayne G. Hammond]] and [[Christina Scull]] (HarperCollins''Publishers'' 2008), ''[[The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion]]'', pg. 24</ref> of [[Orcs]] found in [[Middle-earth]] in the [[Third Age]]. The term perhaps, but doubtfully, refers to the large soldier-orcs known as [[Uruk-Hai]].
  
The term appears so rarely that there is little clear basis for a definition. Its only other occurrence is later in ''[[The Hobbit]]'' where [[Gandalf]] warns [[Bilbo Baggins]] that the [[Grey Mountains]] are 'simply stiff with [[goblins]], hobgoblins, and orcs of the worst description'.<ref>{{H|7}}</ref>
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The term appears so rarely that there is little clear basis for a definition. Its only other occurrence is later in ''[[The Hobbit]]'' where [[Gandalf]] warns [[Bilbo Baggins]] that the [[Grey Mountains]] are "''simply stiff with [[goblins]], hobgoblins, and orcs of the worst description''".<ref>{{H|7}}</ref>
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==Other versions of the Legendarium==
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In a 1971 letter to [[Roger Lancelyn Green]], Tolkien commented that "''the statement that hobgoblins were 'a larger kind' is the reverse of the original truth.''"<ref>{{L|319}}
 
== Portrayals in Adaptations ==
 
== Portrayals in Adaptations ==
 
'''1996, 1997: ''[[Middle-earth Collectible Card Game]]'':'''
 
'''1996, 1997: ''[[Middle-earth Collectible Card Game]]'':'''
 
:The card "Hobgoblins" was released in two editions: one for the expansion set ''[[Middle-earth: The Dragons]]'' (card art by Ron Chironna) and one for ''[[Middle-earth: The Lidless Eye]]'' (card art by Heather Hudson).
 
:The card "Hobgoblins" was released in two editions: one for the expansion set ''[[Middle-earth: The Dragons]]'' (card art by Ron Chironna) and one for ''[[Middle-earth: The Lidless Eye]]'' (card art by Heather Hudson).
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==External links==
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*{{WP|Hobgoblin}}
 
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[[Category:Orcs]]
 
[[Category:Orcs]]

Revision as of 13:10, 5 September 2010

File:Hobgoblins.jpg
Hobgoblins by Ron Chironna for MECCG

Hobgoblin was a name "for the larger kinds"[1][2] of Orcs found in Middle-earth in the Third Age. The term perhaps, but doubtfully, refers to the large soldier-orcs known as Uruk-Hai.

The term appears so rarely that there is little clear basis for a definition. Its only other occurrence is later in The Hobbit where Gandalf warns Bilbo Baggins that the Grey Mountains are "simply stiff with goblins, hobgoblins, and orcs of the worst description".[3]

Other versions of the Legendarium

In a 1971 letter to Roger Lancelyn Green, Tolkien commented that "the statement that hobgoblins were 'a larger kind' is the reverse of the original truth."[4]


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