A goblin is a creature originating from European folklore. Goblins are usually portrayed as mischevious troublemakers, and are often shown to be greedy for material wealth. Depending on the culture, goblins can possess magical powers, and use them for good or evil.
Goblins are said to have first appeared in the fourteenth century in tales of from northwestern Europe. The word goblin derives from Old French "gobelin." It may also have roots in "gobelinus," the name of a demon said to be haunting the northern country of Normandy.
Goblins are one of the most popular creatures today in the Fantasy genre. Goblins are a part of works in nearly all forms of media, including literature, film, and television. Goblins are present in the popular works of J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as the Harry Potter series.