Biographical information

Other names
Chieftain of Mount Gram
Date of birth
Unknown, before TA 2700
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Realms ruled
Maiden name
Sword, club

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Hair color
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Golfimbul was the Goblin chieftain of Mount Gram, the fortress of Goblins in the Ettenmoors, who led his band in an invasion of the Shire. He was defeated and beheaded at the Battle of Greenfields by Bandobras "Bullroarer" Took. The manner of his death at Bullroarer's hands is said to have inspired the game of Golf.


Golfimbul was a goblin chieftain from the Misty Mountains. In TA 2747, Golfimbul led an army of Goblins from Mount Gram in the Misty Mountains into the Northfarthing of the Shire. This Goblin invasion in the northern Shire occurred during the reign of Arassuil as Chieftain of the Dúnedain, and the goblins led by Golfimbul were but the most western pack of goblins which had left the Misty Mountains. The only reason Golfimbul could make it all the way to the Shire was that the Rangers at the time were fighting many battles with goblins, preventing them from settling all of Eriador.

The Goblin-host was defeated by a troop of Hobbits led by Bandobras ("Bullroarer") Took. According to the narrative in the book The Hobbit, during the battle Bullroarer charged the ranks of the goblins of Mount Gram and with a wooden club knocked Golfimbul's head clean off, sending it sailing a hundred yards through the air and down a rabbit-hole, thus winning the battle. Golfimbul would unwittingly give his name to the game of golf, which was invented by Took's actions at the battle.[1][2][3]

SBG - Golfimbul mounted

Golfimbul with his Warg

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Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 高耳夫裘
Norwegian Golfimbul
Urdu گولفمبل

See alsoEdit


  1. The Hobbit, Chapter I: "An Unexpected Party"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, I: The Númenórean Kings, (iii): "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, I: The Númenórean Kings, (iii): "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"

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