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Goblin-town

Goblin-town
City
Paul Raymond Gregory - Glamdring.jpg
"Glamdring" by Paul Raymond Gregory
General Information
LocationCentral Misty Mountains east of Rivendell
TypeCity
DescriptionA series of tunnels and caverns inhabited by Goblins
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.

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] A cave with a lake was deep beneath Goblin-town yet was connected to the Goblins' tunnels, with one passage leading to the "back door".[2]

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[edit] History

Around T.A. 2480 the Orcs of the Misty Mountains started making secret strongholds in the mountains blocking the passages towards Eriador.[3] Gollum had found his way in the cave below, feeding himself on raw fish and Goblins that he killed.[2]

The main gate of the town was in one of the passes of the Misty Mountains, but by T.A. 2941[3] travellers learned to avoid that dangerous road and the goblins opened another under the safer High Pass (the Front Porch).[1]

During the journey to Lonely Mountain, Thorin and Company rested in a cave and were captured by the Goblins. 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]

[edit] 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.

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Goblin-town is a large network of tunnels and caverns that is ruled by Ashûrz, the new "Great Goblin". Locations such as the Great Goblin's Throne Room and Gollum's Cave are visitable.

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.

[edit] See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Riddles in the Dark"
  3. 3.0 3.1 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"
Route of Thorin and Company
Bag End · Green Dragon · The Shire · Lone-lands · Last Bridge · Trollshaws · Trolls' Cave · Rivendell · High Pass · Front Porch · Goblin-town · Goblin-gate · Eagle's Eyrie · Carrock · Beorn's Hall · Wilderland · Forest Gate · Elf-path · Mirkwood · Elvenking's Halls · Forest River · Lake-town · Long Lake · River Running · Desolation of the Dragon · Ravenhill · Back Door · Lonely Mountain · Great Hall of Thráin