A goblin is a legendary evil or mischievous 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.
According to The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English, the
name is probably derived from the Anglo-Norman gobelin (which was
rendered, in Medieval
Latin, as gobelinus, Norman goublin), which is probably a
diminutive of Gobel, a name related to the word kobold (a German sprite). In addition, there also
exist various other alternative spellings of the word goblin, including:
Gobblin, gobeline, gobling, goblyn, gobelinus
(Medieval Latin). Hiisi, folletto,
duende, tengu, Menninkäinen and kallikantzaroi are often
translated into English as 'goblins'. The Erlking and Billy Blind are sometimes called goblins. 'Goblin'
is often used as a general term to mean any small mischievous being.
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