Region of origin: Latvia

A goblin or faerie that takes the form of a dragon with a flaming tail, a pūķis was a familiar kept by sorcerers who used the creature to help them hoard wealth. The pūķis would steal into neighbor’s houses and gorge upon their food and wealth, its red skin turning blue as it filled up before returning it to its owner. Temperamental, if the pūķis felt it was not being properly compensated for its work in the form of food and respectful treatment it would turn on its master and burn their house down. It bears some relation to neighboring Lithuania’s aitvaras.

Originally posted on Tumblr on June 12, 2016




Region of origin: New Zealand

A subterranean and nocturnal race of goblin-like creatures, the ponaturi lived under the ocean during the day, only venturing onto land at night as they could not survive in direct sunlight. In Maori mythology, they functioned as a vicious horde, kidnapping people and performing arcane rituals and spells. They also acted as an army for Tangaroa, god of the sea.

Originally posted on Tumblr on May 19, 2016




Region of origin: Anglo-Scottish border, United Kingdom

A far more malevolent cousin to the Bluecap, the Recaps are murderous goblins compelled to keep killing people and stain their hats with the victim’s blood or else they themselves will die if the hat dries out. Living in castle ruins and abandoned structures, Redcaps target travelers who happen by their domains. They are small, strong and incredibly quick, making them incredibly difficult to escape from once they set their sights on you.

Originally posted on Tumblr on April 22, 2016




Region of origin: Mesoamerica

A tiny gnome- or goblin-like people in Mayan folklore, described as child-like but with an elderly face and wearing traditional clothing. The Aluxo’ob will live in forests or caves but are also known to “move in” to the area around farms or homes and act as protectors to the land and the families that live there, living in tiny houses or shrines the residents construct for them. An alux can be kind or beneficial but if treated poorly or a person rebukes a request from them, they can turn mischievous or even violent. They are considered analogous to the duende and chaneque from neighboring cultures.

Originally posted on Tumblr on March 11, 2016




Region of origin: Greece and southeastern Europe

The kallikantzaroi were a horde of small chthonic goblins who spent most of the year attempting to chop down the World Tree that held up the Earth, until the twelve days of Christmas when it was the coldest and darkest above and they were free to venture to the surface and cause mischief. After they’re forced back down below on the Epiphany, they would find the tree had healed in the time they were gone and must begin their work anew.

Originally posted on Tumblr on December 18, 2015