The Hobbit, part four
Book: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Suddenly a sword flashed in its own light. Bilbo saw it go right through the Great Goblin as he stood dumbfounded in the middle of his rage. He fell dead, and the goblin soldiers fled before the sword shrieking into the darkness.”
Chapter 4: Over Hill and Under Hill
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At this point in the story, Bilbo and the dwarves are crossing a mountain ridge when they are are kidnapped by a hoard of goblins and taken into a cavern below. The Great Goblin recognizes the Elvish weapon Thorin carries as one that had slain dozens of goblins and goes mad with fury, leaping up and preparing to devour the dwarf. The great bonfire goes out in a pillar of blue smoke as Gandalf appears and kills the Great Goblin and many of his soldiers and the prisoners beat a hasty retreat.
I’ve written fairly extensively on my blog on the creation of the goblin design and the many different iterations I went through before landing on something I liked. There’s some further exploration on what the Great Goblin is compared to his soldiers and why he’s so big and weird. If you’re interested in that sort of thing, head on over there and take a look.