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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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