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Goblin-men

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"But these creatures of Isengard, these half-orcs and goblin-men that the foul craft of Saruman has bred, they will not quail at the sun."
Gamling[1]

Goblin-men were a people or race of creatures that were bred by Saruman, apparently by blending the races of Orcs and Men.[source?]

They were similar with the Half-orcs, at least in their resistance to the sunlight, an attribute that differentiated them from the full Orcs.[1]

The Squint-eyed Southerner was possibly a Goblin-man, as Frodo Baggins commented that he looked "more than half like a Goblin."[2]

It is possible that "Goblin-men" is another term for the Uruk-hai, as previously Uruk-hai were called "Goblin-soldiers", when Boromir observes the fallen Uruk-hai -

"There were four goblin-soldiers of greater stature, swart, slant-eyed, with thick legs and large hands. They were armed with short broad-bladed swords, not with the curved scimitars usual with Orcs: and they had bows of yew, in length and shape like the bows of Men."[3]

"Men" is often used as a term for soldiers in general. We know that both Goblin-men and the Uruk-hai are sun resistant, and that Uruk-hai and Half-orcs both fought along side the Hill-men and Dunlendings in the Battle of the Hornburg.[1] If the Goblin-men were not the same as Uruk-hai, it would be strange for Gamling not to have mentioned the Uruk-hai as also not quailing in the sun along with the Half-orcs. The Uruk-hai are shown to gloat about their own sun resistance during this battle. -

"'What of the dawn?' they jeered. 'We are the Uruk-hai: we do not stop the fight for night or day, for fair weather or for storm. We come to kill, by sun or moon. What of the dawn?'"[4]


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Helm's Deep"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Knife in the Dark"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Departure of Boromir"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Helm's Deep"