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Goblins

What are Goblins?
Goblins are small, greedy, and mischievous mythological creatures. The threat they pose varies by culture and myth; sometimes, Goblins are portrayed as mere mischief-makers that play tricks on humans to amuse themselves, while other myths portray Goblins as truly evil and dangerous to humans. Goblins often have any of a range of magical abilities or powers that they may use to wreak havoc or mischief. They are said to be found in dark places such as caves.

The English word "Goblin" originated from the French "Gobelin." The word "Gobelin" is most likely related to the Greek "Kobalos," meaning rogue, or to the Welsh "Coblyn," which traditionally refers to a sort of mine-sprite and is used to mean "Goblin."

While Goblins belong to British and Germanic folklore, various visions of Goblins are present in the mythology of cultures worldwide.

Foreign Names for Goblins

Bosnian: Goblini
Estonian: Vgi
Finnish: Vki
French: Gobelin
German: Kobold
Hungarian: Man
Irish: Pca
Korean: Dokkaebi
Portuguese: Duende
Spanish: Duende
Welsh: Coblyn

Other Names: Gnome, Sprite, Imp, Gremlin, Brownie, Troll, Hobgoblin, Pixie

History: The precise origin of Goblin myths is unknown, but it is thought that they are rooted in Pagan beliefs. Goblin myths likely first emerged in Europe, where tales of similar mystical creatures such as fairies and other spirits of nature also arose. Some believe that Goblins were first envisioned as the product of immoral Pagans' souls becoming evil spirits upon death.

Within mythology itself, a popular myth states that Goblins came to be in France, and ultimately spread throughout Europe.

Meanings: Goblins most dominantly serve as a symbol of evil. They may also represent mischief and trickery. Since Goblins are often believed to love money, they may also serve as a symbol of greed.



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Myths in Culture:

Germany: In German folklore, Goblins, called Kobolds, were mischievous tricksters. They were said either to haunt specific households, mines, and caves, or to roam freely in the wild. Great Britain: According to British mythology, Goblins called Redcaps would murder humans who trespassed on their territory. It was believed that the only way to ward off a Redcap is to recite a passage from the Bible.

Greece: Kallikantzaroi were Goblins in Greek folklore. They were said to dwell underground and to spend their time trying to sever a tree believed to hold up the earth. They were believed to dwell above ground for two weeks after the Winter Solstice each year so that they could wreak havoc on humans.

Japan: Mountain Goblins called tengu have caused havoc in Japanese mythology by creating fires, kidnapping and even eating children, misleading humans, or executing more petty acts of mischief.

Mexico: In Mexican lore, Goblins lived in the walls of people's homes, especially in those of children's bedrooms. Their actions were typically small acts of mischief, such as moving a child's possessions or clipping their toenails.

Philippines: According to Filipino lore, Goblins live in nature or in abandoned regions of houses, and may be either benevolent or evil. It was believed that they often play with children.

Portugal: Portuguese folklore suggests that Goblins walk through the forest, into which they lure girls, causing the girls to become lost.

Zimbabwe: According to Zimbabwean lore, a woman who gives birth to a child with a disability was impregnated in her sleep by a Goblin.


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