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The chief of the [[Goblins]] who dwelt in [[Goblin-town]] beneath the [[High Pass]] in the [[Misty Mountains]]; he was never named by [[Tolkien]], and was killed by [[Gandalf]] during the [[Quest of Erebor]].
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The '''Great Goblin''' was the chief of the [[Orcs|Goblins]] who dwelt in [[Goblin-town]] beneath the [[High Pass]] in the [[Misty Mountains]].  He was described as “tremendous” and had a huge head.<ref name="Hill">{{H|Hill}}</ref>
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In {{TA|2941}}<ref>{{App|TA}}</ref> his warriors captured [[Thorin and Company]] when they were crossing the [[Misty Mountains]] and took refuge in a [[Front Porch|cave]].  When the [[Dwarves]] and [[Bilbo Baggins|Bilbo]] were hauled before the Great Goblin he questioned them regarding their intentions, while accusing them of being spies, thieves, murderers, and friends of [[Elves]].  When one of his guards showed the Great Goblin [[Thorin]]'s sword [[Orcrist]] he howled with rage and rushed at Thorin with open mouth.  At that moment all of the lights in the cave were extinguished and a flashing sword stabbed right through the Gobins' leader.  Soon the company learned that it was [[Gandalf]] who killed the Great Goblin with his blade [[Glamdring]].<ref name="Hill"/>
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It was the death of the Great Goblin that tickled [[Beorn]]'s fancy enough to gain the Company access to his hall and dinner.  Once Beorn confirmed their tale he warmed up to true friendship and provided the party with aid, advice, and mounts to ride to the border of [[Mirkwood]].<ref>{{H|Queer}}</ref>
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A further consequence of the Great Goblin's demise was a rekindling of the goblins' fury towards Dwarves, which led to preparations for war to secure domination of the North.  The goblins assembled at Mount [[Gundabad]] and were about to sweep southward when they learned of the death of [[Smaug]].  Altering their plans, the goblins marched by night through the mountains and appeared unexpectedly at [[Lonely Mountain|Erebor]], almost immediately after the arrival of [[Dáin Ironfoot]], and precipitated the [[Battle of Five Armies]].<ref>{{H|Burst}}</ref>
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==Portrayal in Adapatations==
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'''1977: [[The Hobbit (1977 film)|''The Hobbit'' (1977 film)]]:'''
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:In the animated version of ''[[The Hobbit (1977 film)|The Hobbit]]'', the Great Goblin was voiced by [[John Stephenson]].
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'''2012-14: [[The Hobbit (film series)|''The Hobbit'' (film series)]]:'''
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:[[Barry Humphries]] has been cast as the "Goblin King".<ref name="PJCasting">{{webcite|author=[[Peter Jackson]]|articleurl=http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150286515141558|articlename=The Hobbit Casting Update|dated=19-June-2011|website=[http://www.facebook.com/ Facebook]|accessed=23-Dec-2011}}</ref>
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==See also==
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*[[:Category:Images of the Great Goblin|Images of the Great Goblin]]
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Revision as of 00:25, 22 December 2012

John Howe - The Great Goblin.jpg
Great Goblin
Orc
Biographical Information
Date of deathT.A. 2941
Physical Description
GenderMale

The Great Goblin was the chief of the Goblins who dwelt in Goblin-town beneath the High Pass in the Misty Mountains. He was described as “tremendous” and had a huge head.[1]

In T.A. 2941[2] his warriors captured Thorin and Company when they were crossing the Misty Mountains and took refuge in a cave. When the Dwarves and Bilbo were hauled before the Great Goblin he questioned them regarding their intentions, while accusing them of being spies, thieves, murderers, and friends of Elves. When one of his guards showed the Great Goblin Thorin's sword Orcrist he howled with rage and rushed at Thorin with open mouth. At that moment all of the lights in the cave were extinguished and a flashing sword stabbed right through the Gobins' leader. Soon the company learned that it was Gandalf who killed the Great Goblin with his blade Glamdring.[1]

It was the death of the Great Goblin that tickled Beorn's fancy enough to gain the Company access to his hall and dinner. Once Beorn confirmed their tale he warmed up to true friendship and provided the party with aid, advice, and mounts to ride to the border of Mirkwood.[3]

A further consequence of the Great Goblin's demise was a rekindling of the goblins' fury towards Dwarves, which led to preparations for war to secure domination of the North. The goblins assembled at Mount Gundabad and were about to sweep southward when they learned of the death of Smaug. Altering their plans, the goblins marched by night through the mountains and appeared unexpectedly at Erebor, almost immediately after the arrival of Dáin Ironfoot, and precipitated the Battle of Five Armies.[4]

Portrayal in Adapatations

1977: The Hobbit (1977 film):

In the animated version of The Hobbit, the Great Goblin was voiced by John Stephenson.

2012-14: The Hobbit (film series):

Barry Humphries has been cast as the "Goblin King".[5]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Over Hill and Under Hill"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Queer Lodgings"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Clouds Burst"
  5. Peter Jackson, "The Hobbit Casting Update" dated 19 June 2011, Facebook (accessed 23 December 2011)