Ten Types of Goblins

Posted on 05/22/2010
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The term “goblin” can apply to many types of magical creatures around the world. However, the one unifying feature is a sense of evil, or at least mischievousness, embodied in a grotesque or off-putting form with a general link to nighttime or merely dark places. Goblins have been around for a very long time to the point of having a specific term for them in Medieval Latin. The English word “goblin” actually comes from the Greek “kobalos” which means rogue. Many sub-races of goblins roam the globe from northern Europe to the Mediterranean area and even Japan to make sure humans know of their presence. Supernatural abilities can vary from nation to nation or continent to continent though. The world of fantasy fiction has twisted these creatures into their own types of existence even though the varieties of goblins did not begin that way. Here is a countdown of the top ten of the tricky, sometimes malicious, legendary creatures from the real world!

10. Hobgoblins

Hobgoblins, with their dark colored shaggy hair, are thought to be one of the most benign forms of goblin, closely related to brownies. They are small tricksters that love to mess with human lives through direct influence or theft when they are really in a mood to pull practical jokes. The main thing that separates them from other goblins though is their close labor relations to humans. They will do toiling work around a human house for a bowl of fresh milk or a spark of fire since they enjoy the warmth but cannot create their own just like other goblins. Still, they tend to be solitary individuals.


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