This is inspired by Sean Robson's treatment of Dwarves over at Tales from the Flaming Faggot (a cool blog without many followers, unfortunately--check it out if you haven't).
Goblins have also come a long way from the way they were originally depicted in folk tales.
Pointy hats, pointy boots, weird ugly little mischievous guys, but basically small ugly humans.
Then we had guys like this
Grieg's Hall of the Mountain King playing through your head now? Or maybe you're imagining Gandalf, Thorin, and company fighting the Great Goblin in the Misty Mountains.
This guy shows up and instills his iconic form in lots of young minds.
D&D, of course, drawing more on Tolkien in this instance than on fairy lore, made goblins non-magical ugly little humanoid threats.
And eventually we get the 'greenskin' goblins that seem to predominate these days.
Anyway, I think the next time I run a D&D campaign, I'm going to have two types of goblins. One will use the normal Tolkien-inspired stats we all know and love. The other will be a more traditional fairy tale type goblin, and will likely use the Elf stats, as they will be inherently magical beings.
The best of both worlds, these guys
AND these guys
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