Monster Monday: Goblins

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Goblins are….Orcs….bankers in Harry Potter world…uh…

Exactly. Goblins are whatever we make them. They started out as a generic term for an evil or mischievous spirit, and became part of European folklore in the 1300s as tormenters of children.

In literature–before Tolkien turned them into Orcs and JK Rowling into gold-obsessed bankers–Charles Dickens wrote “The Goblins Who Stole a Sexton” in Pickwick Papers in 1836, and used them again in The Chimes in 1844. Christina Rossetti wrote a poem, “Goblin Market,” in 1862; George MacDonald wrote The Princess and the Goblin in 1872. MacDonald’s goblins were once human but lived underground so long they turned to, well, Orcs.

More recently Terry Jones and Brian Froud teamed up for The Goblins of Labyrinth in 1986, then goblins fell out of favor till they were resurrected in the Harry Potter series.

I have a stray goblin who shows up in New Orleans in Royal Street. He looks like a cross between an Orc and Willie Nelson and drinks a lot. Hey, why not?

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

3 thoughts on “Monster Monday: Goblins

  1. Laurell K Hamilton uses goblins in her Merry Gentry series. They have an interesting and complex society.

    I’ve never been fond of them but they do have a place in the paranormal/faery realm.

  2. LOL. Nicole, I found you’re pretty much on your own. They’re like the generic “monster.” So you can go anywhere with it!