"Goblins" were presented as an archetype among the species of the Ten Realms, along with "Elves", "Gods", "Angels", "Men" and "Giants", and like all those, they originated from Ginnungagap, the great unending nothingness, the yawning void.
It is unclear if each kind of Goblins is related to another.
Muspelheim: The Fire Goblins
Other goblins have been witnessed in undisclosed locations within the Ten Realms:
- When the Warriors Three wanted to test the new Thor's worthiness, they had her wrote a message (presumably insulting) on a cavern's wall, and the group was soon pursued by a horde of Goblins.