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Τετάρτη, 28 Νοεμβρίου 2012
is a general term that can apply either to the ugliest members of the
fae, or to certain sub-races. Those fae numbered among the goblin
subraces, include the Scottish Trows, English Spriggans, Welsh Knockers,
Cornish Knockers, German Kobolds and Wichtlein, the Irish Phooka and
even Shakespeare's infamous Puck .
Aka : Hobgobs, Gobelins, Hob-thrush, Blobins, Bogles, Bogies, Brags, Boggarts, …
According to some traditions, goblin comes from Gob or Ghob, the king of the gnomes, whose inferiors were called Ghob-lings.
However, according to "The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English" the name is probably derived from the Anglo-Norman language 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.
They grow up to 30 cm and are covered with a thick coat of black/grey
hair. The Goblin is usually found wearing very dark colored cloths and a
tall cap similar to that of the Gnome. They can appear as animals. They
have a somewhat bestial or grotesque appearance: their brow is fully
covered with thick hair and their mouth is filled with yellowed, crooked
teeth. Female goblins are referred to as "hags" or "crones". It is said
that they mimic human actions in their sardonic way, twisting human
rituals and culture to show the worst aspects. In recent depictions
Goblins have been portrayed as green in color. There is no tradition of
Goblins are of the Unseelie Court, and are at war with fairies.
In some circles, Goblins are considered to be the cousins of gnomes,
except that gnomes are stupid and no one in their right mind would
confuse the two.
Earth, associated with Death. Goblins are also associated with fire, or have the ability to create said element.
They can appear as animals.
They are sometimes said to be mostly invisible to human eye.
They can weave nightmares out of gossamer and insert them into the ear of a sleeping human.
Tricks : Goblins are pranksters, and are known for rearranging items
in the house, tangling horses, banging pots and pans, removing the
clothes from sleeping humans, knocking on doors and walls and even
digging up the graves to scatter the bones around. Goblins like to
borrow horses and ride them all night. If a horse is tired in the
morning, it is said a goblin rode it. If a horse is panicking, the
goblin is trying to mount it.
Goblin women steal human babies, replacing them with ugly goblin babies (changelings).Goblin changelings are sometimes known as "oafs" or "crimbils".
Mine goblins make knocking noises by stricking pickaxes and
hammers against the stones. Some miners take the resulting sounds as a
sign of good luck, believing they indicate the presence of rich deposits
of ore. Other believe that they (Kobolds and Wichtlein) just imitate
the miners to fool them. As a death companion he is sometimes accused to
cause underground fires or warn for the coming deaths. To avoid the
Knockers' wrath, a pastie (traditional miner meal) should be left for
A goblin smile curdles blood.
A goblin laugh sours milk and causes fruit to fall from trees.
Often portrayed as the vilains and troublemakers of faerie, Goblins
are not truly completely evil. Though they seem to have no moral code of
their own, they are happy to enforce the one of their human hosts. The
miserly and lazy are apt to feel their pinch or find their rooms and
possessions in disarray.
The English Hobgoblin loves to live in homes where he makes much
trouble for the people who live there. Some other reside in mines where
they search for treasure/trouble. Still others of the family prefer
grottos, often residing in the same one for their entire life.
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. Bryn y Ellyllon 'The Hill of the Goblins' is a place in Somerset. The Gap of Goeblin is a hole and underground tunnel in France.