Goblin

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A goblin is a legendary evil or mischievous illiterate creature, described as a grotesquely evil or evil-like phantom. They are attributed with various (sometimes conflicting) abilities, temperaments and appearances depending on the story and country of origin. In some cases, goblins have been classified as constantly annoying little creatures somewhat related to the brownie and gnome. They are usually depicted as small, sometimes only a few inches tall, sometimes the size of a dwarf. They also often are said to possess various magical abilities.

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Name

English goblin continues Anglo-Norman gobelin, rendered as Middle Latin gobelinus, itself a loan from a Germanic term cognate to German kobold.[1]

Alternative spellings include gobblin, gobeline, gobling, goblyn.

Hiisi, folletto, duende, tengu, Menninkäinen and kallikantzaroi are often translated into English as 'goblins'.[citation needed] The Erlking and Billy Blind are sometimes called goblins. 'Goblin' is often used as a general term to mean any small mischievous being.

Origins in folklore

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