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Great Goblin

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The Great Goblin by John Howe

The Great Goblin (late Third Age) was the chief of the Goblins who dwelt in Goblin-town beneath the High Pass in the Misty Mountains. His warriors captured Thorin and Company during the Quest of Erebor, and he was killed by Gandalf, who stabbed him with the blade Glamdring.[1]

The Great Goblin was never given a formal name by Tolkien.

Portrayal in Adapatations

1977: The Hobbit (1977 film):

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

2012-3: The Hobbit films:

Barry Humphries has been cast as the "Goblin King".[2]

See Also


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
  2. Peter Jackson, "The Hobbit Casting Update" dated 19 June 2011, Facebook (accessed 23 December 2011)