If you’ve read any of my books, you’ve probably noticed my Orcs are not the typical evil creatures seen in other books and movies. In a similar vein, when I was writing Guardian of the Crown, I decided to delve into the world of Goblins.
In Lord of the Rings, they’re just smaller versions of Orcs, but in Eiddenwerthe, I elected to make them an entirely different race: a hunter/gatherer people who live in a variety of terrains. Their metalworking is crude, and they prefer to use spears to keep any potential enemy at a distance. In battle, they use staff slings to hurl stones, something they can do with surprising accuracy, though they do little damage against a well-armoured opponent.
In Guardian of the Crown, the main characters come across a hunting party led by a Goblin named Glisnak, who proves remarkably clever, a trait common amongst the little green folk, for they have been forced to use their wits to survive.
For those who are curious, he will play a part in future tales, mainly because he was so much fun for me to write.