Dungeons and Dragons: Goblin

The Goblin

Featured in Tolkien’s books and Peter Jackson’s films, is an entry from Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual I, the goblin.  Not as large as their hobgoblin cousin or as well known as the orc, the goblin was a race of fierce troublemakers and scavengers.

“Goblins range from yellow through dull-orange to brick red in skin color.  Their eyes are reddish to lemon yellow.”

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Dungeons and Dragons: Treant

The Treant

inspired from J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, is one of many wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing type monsters.   Cleverly renamed not to violate any copyright, this talking tree was only for fans of Middle Earth and not always well received.

“… strongly related to humans and trees, combining features of both species.”

 

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Dungeons and Dragons: Halfling

The Halfling

From Dungeons and Dragons: Monster Manual I, the Halfling was adopted from J. R. R. Tolkien’s “Hobbits”.   The Lord of the Rings inspired humanoid was described in the manual as revered in the Lord of the Rings films.

“Halflings are basically hardworking, orderly, and peaceful citizens …”

The adventures I mastered were never a “Rings” universe.  Partly because I never read a Tolkien novel and it would be nearly another 30 years before the films.  Therefore, the Halfling made rare appearances.  Not they weren’t up to size of a great story, they were simply never popular.  No one wanted to play a Hobbit.  Not even fans of the book.

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