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Goblin-town was a Goblin dwelling in the Misty Mountains south of the Mountains of Angmar - a network of branching caves and tunnels which stretches out from the High Pass in the Northern part of the mountain range. Most of the tunnels were carved by the Goblins, though they also incorporated pre-existing caverns and passages.


During their journey to Lonely Mountain, Thorin and Company were captured by the goblins while they slept in the western entrance to these caves, thinking them to be empty. A crack opened at the back of the cave while they slept, and through that they were taken by the goblins down to the Great Goblin's cavern. Here they were eventually saved by Gandalf, and the Great Goblin was killed. This enraged the goblins, who silently pursued Gandalf, Bilbo, and the Dwarves, who ran down a long tunnel. The Company was accosted, and managed to fight free, but Bilbo was knocked unconscious while the Dwarves ran on unaware of his plight.

When he came to, Bilbo found a small ring on the ground (it was the One Ring, although he did not know it then), and followed a tunnel down to Gollum's lake, where he met the creature Gollum, and played a riddle game with him. Toward the end of that game Gollum realized he did not have the ring and, suspecting Bilbo, chased after him. Bilbo, not realizing the ring's power, slipped it on, and Gollum could not find him. To keep Bilbo from escaping, Gollum ran toward the exit of the caves. Following the creature through the tunnels, Bilbo was thus inadvertently led by Gollum to the "back-door", which was the eastern entrance to the caves. Bilbo then leapt over him in the dark, evaded some goblin guards, and successfully squeezed through the final door (losing many of his shirt-buttons in the process).[1]

Portrayal in adaptations

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

In Peter Jackson's film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the Great Goblin's cavern within Goblin-town is depicted as a huge underground chasm with ramshackle slums and bridges stretching out along the chasm. As the goblins were scavengers, many thing were brought into the caves. Skeletons and skulls of humans and Dwarves were everywhere, dwarf entrails were littered on the floors and other scavenged items were in the caves. 

Rather than the brief skirmish that appears in the book when Gandalf slays the Great Goblin, in the film the company is seen fighting their way through hundreds of goblins as they escape. Near the exit, they were confronted by the Great Goblin, who is swiftly killed by Gandalf, and the company then plummets down a deep chasm before reaching the back door and escaping.

In the first film, the company falls down a trap-chute when they are sleeping in a cave in the Misty Mountains. After landing, scores of goblins capture them, rendering the Dwarves helpless. As the Dwarves are captured, Bilbo escapes, only to be attacked by one of the goblins. After a brief fight, Bilbo and the goblin fall off a bridge, and land in Gollum's cave. Meanwhile, the company is interrogated by the Great Goblin, who informs Thorin of Azog's return. Grinnah finds Thorin's sword, Orcrist, and all the goblin colony goes into a hectic fright, due to the fact that Orcrist had slain over 1000 goblins before. The Great Goblin orders the company's execution, but Gandalf saves them in time. The Dwarves fend off the goblins, and Thorin injures the Great Goblin. Gandalf leads the company out, while they are pursued by goblins, killing several along the way. The Great Goblin ambushes them on a bridge, but Gandalf slays him, causing the bridge to break under the Great Goblin's weight. The Dwarves escape Goblin-town, pursued by even more goblins, and exit the Misty Mountains.




See also


Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Kabouter-dorp
Albanian Shpirt i keq-qytet
Amharic ጞብሊን፡ቶውን
Arabic عفريت--تاون
Armenian Գոբլին-քաղաք
Azerbaijani Goblin-şəhər
Basque Goblin-herri
Belarusian Cyrillic Гоблін-горад
Bengali অপদেবতা-শহর
Bulgarian Cyrillic Гоблин-град
Cambodian ក្មេងរប៉ិលរប៉ូច-ទីក្រុង
Catalan Ciutat dels Tauró
Cebuano Goblin-lungsod
Chichewa Goblin-mzinda
Chinese (Hong Kong) 妖精鎮
Croatian Goblin-Grad
Czech Skřetí město
Danish Goblinbyen
Dutch Goblin-stad
Esperanto Koboldo-urbeto
Estonian Goblin-linn
Finnish Goblin-kaupunki
French Ville de Gobelins
Galician Cidade do Trasno
Georgian გობლინების ქალაქი
German Goblinstadt
Gujarati ઙોબ્લિન્-નગર
Hebrew עיירה-גובלין
Hindi भूत-नगर
Hmong Goblin-lub zos
Hungarian Koboldvár
Icelandic Goblin-bæ
Indonesian Goblin-kota
Italian Città dei Goblin
Irish Gaelic baile Goblin
Japanese ゴブリン-町
Kannada ಗಾಬ್ಲಿನ್ ಪಟ್ಟಣ
Kazakh Гоблін-қала (Cyrillic) Goblin-qala (Latin)
Korean 고블린-도시
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Гоблин-шаар
Latin Cobalorum-oppidum
Latvian Goblin-pilsēta
Lithuanian Goblin-miestas
Macedonian Cyrillic Гоблин-град
Malagasy Goblin-tanàna
Malaysian Goblin-bandar
Maltese Goblin-belt
Marathi भूत शहर
Mongolian Cyrillic Гоблин-хотхон
Nepalese ङोब्लिन्-शहर
Norwegian Goblinby
Pashto عوبلین-توون
Persian جن-شهر
Polish Miasto Goblinów
Portuguese Cidade dos Orcs (Brazilian Portuguese)

Cidade dos Goblins (Portugal)

Punjabi ਭੂਤ-ਸ਼ਹਿਰ
Romanian Goblin-oraș
Russian Город Гоблинов
Sanskrit ङोब्लिन्-तोव्न्
Serbian Гоблин-град (Cyrillic) Goblin-grad (Latin)
Sinhalese ගොබ්ලින්-නගරය
Slovak Škratie mesto
Slovenian Goblin-mesto
Somalian Goblin-magaalada
Spanish Ciudad de los Trasgos
Sundanese Goblin-kota
Swahili Goblin-mji
Swedish Goblinstad
Tajik Cyrillic Гоблин-шаҳр
Tamil பூதம் நகரம்
Telugu గోబ్లిన్ పట్టణం
Thai ก็อบลิน-เมือง
Turkish Goblin-kasaba
Turkmen Goblin-şäher
Ukrainian Cyrillic Гоблін-місто
Urdu عوبلینءتوون
Uzbek Жин-шаҳар (Cyrillic) Jin-shahar (Latin)
Welsh Goblin-dref
Yiddish גאָבלינ-טאָצנ
Yoruba Goblin-ilu


  1. The Hobbit, Chapter V, "Riddles in the Dark".