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This article is about the legendary creature. For other uses, see Hobgoblin (disambiguation).
Hobgoblin is a term typically applied in folktales to a friendly or amusing goblin. The name originally referred to that of folklore character Robin Goodfellow but has grown to be defined as a different species of goblin or fairy. The name is often interchangeable with "bugbear", "bogeyman", "bugaboo" or "bogie", and the term "hobgoblin" has grown to mean a superficial object that is a source of fear or trouble.
The term originated in the 1530s, from hob, meaning elf, from Hobbe, a variant of Rob (Hick for Richard, Hodge for Rodger) an abbreviation or alternative form of Robin Goodfellow, an elf in German folklore. A hobgoblin appears in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream under the name Puck.
The fictional character Gollum from J. R. R. Tolkien's universe of Middle-earth has sometime been referred to as a Hobgoblin. Originally a Hobbit named Sméagol, he was corrupted by the One Ring which deformed his body and mind. Gollum became something between a Hobbit and an Orc, or Goblin.
The creature commonly appears in the bestiaries of fantasy role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, where it is portrayed as a larger, stronger, smarter and more menacing cousin of the goblin, but not as high up on the goblinoid hierarchy as bugbears. In the core Dungeons & Dragons rules, including the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, they worship the goblin deity Maglubiyet.


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