Friday, August 26, 2011

Creature Feature: Goblins

Goblins are mythical creatures thought to live in tree roots or under ground. Early goblin legends portrayed them as brownish in color but modern stories often give them a green coloring. Goblins are 2-3 feet tall, usually depicted as ugly, and share several physical characteristics with humans. They may be able to speak many human languages.

Goblins are thought to be mischievous, intelligent and sometimes evil in nature and enjoy playing tricks on people. They are also known for stealing horses and moving objects. It’s believed they live in a separate spirit world, and occasionally visit the world of humans.

The earliest origin of goblins is a little uncertain. The legend was popular throughout several parts of Europe including the British Isles, France, and Scandinavia. Many of the early stories claim that goblins are a type of fairy.

There have been numerous variations of goblins in stories in the last few decades. Many modern books, movies, and games have attempted to bring their legend to life. Goblins continue to fascinate and inspire and probably will for many years to come.


  1. LOL...what a cute picture! I think I really like that one. What about "goblin sharks"? They used them in SyFy's "Malibu Shark Attack".

  2. Thanks Michael. :) Goblins + sharks=win!