|"Golfimbul the Wargrider" by Eytan Eylul Guler|
|Titles||King of the Goblins of Mount Gram|
|Affiliation||Orcs of Mount Gram|
|Death||T.A. 2747 |
|Notable for||Being in the first "game" of Golf|
|Gallery||Images of Golfimbul|
History[edit | edit source]
Golfimbul led a band of Orcs in an invasion of the Shire in T.A. 2747. Bandobras Took met Golfimbul in the Northfarthing of the Shire and defeated him in the Battle of Greenfields. During the battle Bandobras, who was large enough to ride a horse, 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.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
"Fimbul" is Old Norse for "great".
Other versions of the legendarium[edit | edit source]
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"). Many years later, in the never-finished 1960 rewrite of the story, Tolkien intended to change the name to Gulfimbul. John D. Rateliff speculated that this was either a further evolution of Tolkien's languages or because he was dropping the golf-joke reference. The 1960 revision was an effort to "upgrade" The Hobbit to the same epic level as The Lord of the Rings.
Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]
Films[edit | edit source]
- In trying to convince Bilbo of his Tookishness, Gandalf tells about the story of the Battle of Greenfields, referring to Golfimbul as a Goblin-king.
Games[edit | edit source]
2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:
- In Brockenborings there is a wooden statue depicting Bandobras standing in a golf pose over Golfimbul's head. Every Spring, the Shire celebrates Bullroarer Took Day when the Hobbits place tankards of the drink under his statue in his honor.
- The epic book prologue in the Shire involves the player trying to thwart Lubach, who believes that he is the descendent of Golfimbul, from invading the Shire with a group of Goblins. He dwells in a landmark in the Greenfields referred to as Golfimbul's Hole.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
- Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 167
- J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Mr. Baggins, The First Phase, "The Bladorthin Typescript", p. 39
- 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
- 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
|King of the Goblins of Mount Gram|
unknown - T.A. 2747
unknown (possibly none)