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General Information
LocationCentral Misty Mountains east of Rivendell
DescriptionA series of tunnels and caverns inhabited by Goblins
RegionsOrc chiefdoms of the Misty Mountains
People and History
InhabitantsOrcs of the Misty Mountains
EventsThorin and Company are captured by the Great Goblin
GalleryImages of Goblin-town

Goblin-town was a Goblin (or Orc) dwelling which lay under the Misty Mountains, ruled by the Great Goblin.

The main gate of the town was in one of the passes of the Misty Mountains, but as travelers avoided that dangerous road, the goblins opened another under the safier High Pass (the Front Porch). Goblin-town was a series of tunnels and caverns, which went all the way through the mountains, with a "back door" (the Goblin-gate) near the Eagle's Eyrie in Wilderland, which served as a means of escape, and an access to the Wilderland.[1] The cave of Gollum was deep beneath Goblin-town yet was connected to the Goblins' tunnels, with one passage leading to the "back door".[2]

In T.A. 2941[3] during the journey to Lonely Mountain, Thorin and Company were captured by the Goblins of Goblin-town. They were brought before the Great Goblin, who accused them of spying, and was enraged when he found that Thorin was carrying Orcrist, a sword the Great Goblin remembered from Gondolin. With the help of Gandalf, the Great Goblin was slain and Bilbo and the Dwarves escaped, pursued by force of Goblins.[4]

Portrayal in adaptations

1977: The Hobbit (1977 film):

Goblin-town is, like in the book, a set of tunnels and caverns.

1989: The Hobbit (comic book):

Goblin-town is, like in the book, a set of tunnels and caverns.

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

Goblin-town is a giant Dwarven mining complex with many lifts, bridges and train carts to spice up the action of the level.

2012: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey:

Goblin-town is portrayed as a giant system of caverns with sprawling wooden walkways. The goblins have a central hub of dwellings, with the Great Goblin's throne being in the center.

See also


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Riddles in the Dark"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Over Hill and Under Hill"