by Russ D. Edwards
Imps don't all look the same, and they have varied capabilities and temperaments relying upon who is telling the story and in what country the story originated. Fundamentally, an orc is a malicious creature with roots in folklore. He is grumpy and likes to cause issues for humans. Descriptions vary from a severely deformed and crippled ghost to a gnome-like figure that can be no taller than 2 feet tall all of the way up to human size.
in the opinion of some, imps are formless and are always with us. Goblins, say some, are the cause of all sorts of annoyances to human. They're accused of hiding socks and car keys, turning off alarm clocks and making us late, or making auto tires go flat. Some say that there are imps that live on the internet and are responsible for anything and everything that goes wrong ; e-mail that's never delivered, 404 errors, disappearing blog and forum posts, for example.
One story about the origin of goblins says that they came from France in a cleft of the Pyrenees. From there they spread throughout Europe. Goblins, according to this story, hitched rides on Viking ships, and that's how they got to England. From there, they spread throughout the world and now live everywhere.
Don't confuse an imp with a hobgoblin. Imps are evil, but hobgoblins are friendly and occasionally funny, beneficial creatures ?sometimes. Again, it depends on who is telling the story. Even the great writers can't decide.
According the'The Lord of the Rings,' created by J. R. R. Tolkien, hobgoblins are just a bigger form of an imp and plenty more evil, but according to Tove Jansson in the Moomin series of children's books, hobgoblins are weird magical creatures who are simply misunderstood.
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