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Hobgoblins

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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]

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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]

Portrayals in Adaptations

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).

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References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: Note on Runes (1966 and later editions)
  2. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (HarperCollinsPublishers 2008), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, pg. 24
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Queer Lodgings"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 319, (dated 8 January 1971)