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1. An often mischievous household elf in German folklore.
2. A gnome that haunts underground places in German folklore.

[German, from Middle High German kobolt : perhaps Middle High German kobe, pigpen; akin to English cove + Middle High German hold, attached, well-inclined (as a household spirit to a house or farm).]


1. (European Myth & Legend) a mischievous household sprite
2. (European Myth & Legend) a spirit that haunts subterranean places, such as mines
[C19: from German; see cobalt]


(ˈkoʊ bɒld, -boʊld)

n. (in German folklore)
1. a spirit or goblin, often mischievous, that haunts houses.
2. a spirit that haunts mines or other underground places.
[1625–35; < German]
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One afternoon I got lost in the woods about a mile from the hotel, and presently fell into a train of dreamy thought about animals which talk, and kobolds, and enchanted folk, and the rest of the pleasant legendary stuff; and so, by stimulating my fancy, I finally got to imagining I glimpsed small flitting shapes here and there down the columned aisles of the forest.
They looked like kobolds from some magic mine - gnomes of the hills in conclave.
As parliament debates, families battle and Philo investigates a series of killings of "critches" (the derogatory term for non-humans, if I'm spelling it right), some accomplished actors give pleasure in smaller roles: Jared Harris as the city's ruler, Alice Krige as a seeress, Simon McBurney as the proprietor of a 'Punch and Judy' show that uses Gollum-like kobolds rather than puppets.
Irish leprechauns, North African djinn, Germanic kobolds, and Native American spirits of rocks and trees: these beings abound in the story, as do members of more familiar pantheons.
'Bat Club' is a ruse set up to allow Robyn, Aiden and Nora to stay behind after school to learn skills and techniques to fight monsters such as Scree Sags and Kobolds. The Chimes soon discover that the lovely recorder teacher Miss Mason is really a vampire and when she snatches some pupils, including Robyn's sister, to steal their wishes, the Chimes must put their new powers to the test.
Reluctant hero Nick Medea interacts with mysterious shoe-shine men and royalty while vanquishing kelpies and kobolds, proving that he is, indeed, the cat's pajamas.
(Sea 33) Since "[t]he life force is ever moving, altering its appearance" (Sea 70)--and since it animates all levels of creation--the Celtic belief structure recognizes a bewildering variety of forms of existence: "sprites and boggarts, will-o'-the-wisps and pixies, spriggans and flibbergibbets" (Land 79), pookas, kobolds, hobgoblins, finfolk, old gods such as the Man in the Moon, the Forest Lord, or Yarthkins, monster creatures such as kelpies (Land 171-172, 414-415), knuckers, Pictish beasts, draugrs, and hogboons.
(33) For example, a level one human in World of Warcraft begins her adventure beside quest-giving non-player characters (NPCs) (34) and level one wolves and kobolds. Slaying and looting creatures like these wolves and kobolds are the objectives of the first several quests.
Valkyries (virginal shield maidens), kobolds (goblins), vampires, and witches come "dressed to kill." The grassy expanse of Schierke's Kurpark becomes a medieval fairground.
Grab your toughest dwarves, your surliest orcs, and your most loyal kobolds, and get ready to spill some stuffing.
Follow the adventures of three heroes - a Paladin, a Valkyrie, and a Mage - on their quest for honor, riches, and super awesomeness by fighting the hordes of the Undead Army, crafty kobolds, nefarious bounty hunters, dangerous dragons - and more.
Featuring with a professional soundtrack, giant fire-breathing chickens, a loin-cloth wearing diabetic barbarian, fraternity Orks, and flesh-eating Kobolds this game delivers a fresh and wacky take on the fantasy brawler genre.