The Official Collection of Fantastical Creature Information--Updated Randomly

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Thursday, June 28, 2007


A goblin is an evil or merely mischievous creature of folklore, often described in as a grotesquely disfigured or gnome-like phantom, that may range in height from that of a dwarf to that of a human. They are attributed with various (sometimes conflicting) abilities, temperaments and appearances depending on the story and country of origin.
Goblins are often used as a general term to mean any small mischievous being.

According to "The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English" the name is probably derived from the Anglo-French gobelin (medieval Latin gobelinus), which is probably a diminutive of Gobel, a name related to the word Kobold. Goblin is also related to the French lutin. In addition, there also exists various other alternative spellings of the word goblin, including: Gobblin, gobeline, gobling, goblyn, gobelinus (medieval Latin), and vulgus gobelinum (demon) (Latin). hiisi, tsuchigumo, Menninkäinen and kallikantzaroi are often translated into english as 'goblins'. Skratta is old Scandinavian word for a goblin or monster (modern Icelandic skratti, a devil).

Origins in folklore
*One fabled origin for goblins is in France, in a cleft of the Pyrenees, from which they spread rapidly throughout Europe. They hitched a ride with Viking ships to get to Britain. They have no homes, being nomadic, dwelling temporarily in mossy cracks in rocks and tree roots.
*The Benevolent Goblin, from Gesta Romanorum (England)
*Boy Who Drew Cats (Japanese fairy tale)
*The Cook and the House Goblin (Estonia), from A Book of Ghosts and Goblins (1969)
*Erlking is a malevolent goblin from German legend.
*The Goblin of Adachigahara (Japanese fairy tale
*Goblin and the Grocer, by Hans Christian Andersen
*The Goblin Pony, from The Grey Fairy Book (French fairy tale)
*The Goblins at the Bath House (Estonia), from A Book of Ghosts and Goblins (1969)
*The Goblins Turned to Stone (Dutch fairy tale
*Gwyn ap Nudd was ruler over the goblin tribe. (Welsh folklore
*has a cohort of goblins and ghouls (India).
*Twenty-Two Goblins (Indian fairy tale)

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