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« on: May 13, 2009, 01:14:13 pm »

Goblin

A goblin is an imaginary evil, crabby, and mischievous creature described 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. In some cases, goblins have been classified as constant annoying little creatures somewhat related with the brownie.
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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2009, 01:14:52 pm »



Goblins as illustrated by Francisco Goya
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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2009, 01:15:08 pm »

Etymology
According to "The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English," the name is probably derived from the Anglo-French gobelin (which was rendered, in Medieval Latin, as gobelinus), which is probably a diminutive of Gobel, a name related to the word kobold (a German sprite). In addition, there also exist various other alternative spellings of the word goblin, including: Gobblin, gobeline, gobling, goblyn, gobelinus (Medieval Latin).

Hiisi, folletto, duende, tengu, Menninkäinen and kallikantzaroi are often translated into English as 'goblins'. The Erlking and Billy Blind are sometimes called goblins. 'Goblin' is often used as a general term to mean any small mischievous being.

According to some traditions, goblin comes from Gob or Ghob, the king of the gnomes , whose inferiors were called Ghob-lings.[1]

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Origins in folklore

One fabled origin for goblins is in Britain. They then began to spread all through the UK from there they sneaked aboard ships. Where they sailed to France then rapidly spread all over Europe [2][3] They have no homes, being nomadic, dwelling temporarily in mossy cracks in rocks and tree roots.

Sir Walter Scott in his Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft ascribed gnomes, kobolds and goblins, along with Scottish bogles, to all correspond with a caricature of the Sami people.
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2009, 01:16:40 pm »

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