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King Ragnuk the First (fl. 11th century) was the king of the goblins during the lifetime of Godric Gryffindor. As the king of the goblins was also their finest silversmith, he was commissioned by Gryffindor to forge a sword of pure goblin's silver, with rubies set into the hilt. By the time Ragnuk had finished the sword, however, he liked it so much that he sought to steal it back from Gryffindor. He sent a group of his subjects to retrieve the sword, but they were all fought off by Gryffindor, who was a skilled duellist. Gryffindor bewitched the goblins to return to Ragnuk and inform him that, if he tried such a thing again, Gryffindor would use the sword to kill him and all his subjects. Ragnuk made no further attempt to take the sword, however, a legend persisted in the goblin community that Gryffindor had stolen the sword, a myth perpetrated by the fact that goblins consider passing goblin-made possessions onto others without further payment to the maker, as Gryffindor would go on to do, as theft.

Behind the scenes

  • Ragnuk was mentioned in the third W.O.M.B.A.T. test on J.K. Rowling's Official Site as one of the possible answers to the question "Which of the following did NOT provoke one of the bloody goblin rebellions of the 17th and 18th centuries?" Because J. K. Rowling has yet to post a full set of answers to the quiz, Ragnuk's accusation may or may not be canon.


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