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Old 05-15-2003, 02:52 PM   #3
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I believe that it's from the Hobbit, Burra.
And as for the quote, I've always read it interpreting "even the big ones" to be referring to the goblins earlier in the statement, as if they were the same thing. To the best of my knowledge goblin was the first title to orcs that Tolkien used when he first started to form the mythologies; the name orc came along later as a more formal title for the creatures. Also, being that orcs were a new creation of Tolkien's, the pseudonym goblin gave a bit more description to the readers, who most likely would alreay have a view on what a proper goblin should look like.
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