Words of Gamling
from The Two Towers
III 7, Helm's Deep
Creatures created by Saruman, apparently by blending the races of Orcs and Men. Precisely what they were is mysterious - they are only ever mentioned once by name, during the Battle of the Hornburg - but the limited evidence available seems suggest that they were distinct from half-orcs.
Goblin-men are only ever identified by name on one occasion - at the Battle of the Hornburg on the night of 3 March III 3019. Even then, the term is only ever used by Gamling of Rohan, who would hardly be expected to have a detailed knowledge of Saruman's breeding programmes. For that reason, we cannot be certain that 'goblin-men' existed as a separate type of creature: they may have been no more than a variation of the half-orcs, or something else beyond Gamling's knowledge.
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