WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Hobgoblin

WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Hobgoblin

So we expect stories of ghosts, ghoulies, skeletons, monsters, and even vampyres during the Regency. Anything else?

Glad you asked.

Hobgoblin (noun)

An elf or fairy; a little man or woman. Also a mischievous sprite that causes fear or disquiet, 1709. From Hobbe “hob” elf and a variant of Robin Goodfellow, an elf character in German folklore, and goblin, 1520s.

Winter or The Goblin Story, after Hamilton, 1795, British Museum.


Ghost stories are so much fun!


WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Eidolon

After last week’s bit of a letdown with The Castle of Wolfenbach, it was time for some deep diving research in the hopes of discovering more Regency era ghost stories.

But first, a new-to-me word birthed right in the middle of the Regency era.


1801, meaning a shade or specter; from the Greek eidolon meaning appearance, reflection in water or a mirror; later meaning mental image, apparition, phantom, and also material image, statue, image of a god, idol. From eidos meaning form, shape.

Here’s a ghost story from the 15th century entitled The Widow of Milan, retold in Ackermann’s in 1823:

And from Apparitions; or, The Mystery of Ghosts, Hobgoblins, and Haunted Houses Developed by Joseph Taylor, a little story about a house riddled with eidolons.