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(Noun) A cunning and malevolent form of fairy. According to George Macdonald and Tolkien they live underground. MacDonald says they have soft pointed feet without toes and kidnap human princesses as wives for their kings. Tolkien equates them with orcs, bred by Melkor from elves to serve his evil purposes. They were unable to stand daylight till Saruman bred the fearsome Uruk hai.
Usage: (1) “I could carry ten times as much if it wasn’t for my feet.”
“It’s a goblin weakness. Why they come so soft I declare I haven’t an idea.”
“Specially when your head’s so hard.
-- George MacDonald: The princess and the goblin (Project Gutenberg)
(2) Out jumped the goblins, big goblins, great ugly-looking goblins, lots of goblins, before you could say rocks and blocks. There were six to each dwarf, at least, and two even for Bilbo. -- J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit (Unwin)

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