In a Goblin Market

Backwards up the mossy glen
Turn’d and troop’d the goblin men,
With their shrill repeated cry,
“Come buy, come buy.”

–“Goblin Market,” Christina Rosetti

 

In the last two articles in this series on the fey, I’ve talked about courtly fey and the terror of the Wild Hunt. Today I’m moving on to goblin markets and the fey penchant for temptation and trade. Now, you can get here using the stat block of the Monster Manual goblin, just rewriting every word of their theme and story, or you can adopt the new and juicier stat block blow for the kinds of goblins that frequent fey markets, or you can go for some new creature name entirely (but then it definitely isn’t a goblin market, and that seems a shame). To be fair, I think that the Jemaa el-Fnaa, the famed Marrakech Night Market, is probably the most outstanding real-life example of an exotic, nearly-magical market in the popular imagination; I would be surprised if it were not the inspiration for a lot of goblin-market imagery and legends. With a name that might translate to “The Mosque at the End of the World,” well, awesome and legendary status is just going to happen. UNESCO agrees with me on this one.