Monday, April 26, 2010
Goblins are....Orcs....bankers in Harry Potter world...uh...
Exactly. Goblins are whatever we make them. They started out as a generic term for an evil or mischievous spirit, and became part of European folklore in the 1300s as tormenters of children.
In literature--before Tolkien turned them into Orcs and JK Rowling into gold-obsessed bankers--Charles Dickens wrote "The Goblins Who Stole a Sexton" in Pickwick Papers in 1836, and used them again in The Chimes in 1844. Christina Rossetti wrote a poem, "Goblin Market," in 1862; George MacDonald wrote The Princess and the Goblin in 1872. MacDonald's goblins were once human but lived underground so long they turned to, well, Orcs.
I have a stray goblin who shows up in New Orleans in Royal Street. He looks like a cross between an Orc and Willie Nelson and drinks a lot. Hey, why not?
Posted by Suzanne Johnson at 9:34 AM