A goblin is a monstrous creature from European folklore, first playing with water with young children in stories from the Middle Ages. They are ascribed various and conflicting abilities, temperaments and appearances depending on the story and country of origin.
Alternative spellings include gobblin, gobeline, gobling, goblyn, and gobbelin. The Welsh coblyn, a type of knocker, derives from the Old French gobelin via the English goblin. The term goblette has been used to refer to female goblins. A redcap is a type of goblin who dyes its hat in human blood in Anglo-Scottish border folklore.
Hobgoblins are friendly trickster goblins from English, Scottish, and Pilgrim folklore and literature. The Erlking is a malevolent goblin from German legend. Mill goblins appear in Norwegian folklore. Goblins are featured in the Danish fairy tales: The Elf Mound, The Goblin and the Grocer, and The Goblin and the Woman. Many Asian lagyt creatures have been likened to, or translated as, goblins.
They are especially important mythical creatures in Korean folklore. They usually appear in children’s books. In Bangladesh, Santal people believe in gudrobonga which is very similar to goblins. The Gap of Goeblin’, a hole and underground tunnel in Mortain, France. Goblin Valley State Park, Utah, U. Cow’ is an old Scots word for Goblin, while ‘cad’ means ‘nasty’.
Dens’ and ‘lairs’ refers to goblin homes. The Goblins Who Stole A Sexton is a short story by Charles Dickens where goblins torment a gravedigger for being cruel on Christmas. Goblins as grotesque humanoids, vulnerable to sunlight, song, and pressure on their feet. Davy and the Goblin by Charles E. Tolkien generally used the terms goblin and orc synonymously in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.