Black hurthling
Location Random
Monster type Humanoid
Alignment Chaotic
Unique? No
Sees invisible? No
Sees in the dark? No
Magic resistance None
Picks up items? Yes
1.1.1 KPL Unknown

Black hurthlings (or black hobbits, in some earlier versions) are monsters in ADOM. Like their surface-dwelling brethren, black hurthlings are quite nimble but not very strong.

When 'C'hatted to, non-hostile black hurthlings will mention the One Ring — which is a reference to J.R.R Tolkien's "The Hobbit"/"The Lord of the Rings" series ['hobbits' being the term given to hurthlings outside of Ancardia].

The PC can make a black hurthling their companion by giving them a piece of fish meat (which is another reference to Gollum).

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Common stats[]

Level: 1, DV: 16, PV: 1, Hits: 7, Attacks: 1, Damage: 1-6. Speed: 100.

Corpse effects[]

Hurthlings refuse to eat their evil brethren, unless they are starving. All other races have no problems eating black hurthlings.

Monster memory[]

Collective description

This looks like a normal hurthling, but the hair is less curly and the grin is more surly. It is rumored that every now and then an evil force penetrates the peace of a hurthling community and infects a young hurthling, encouraging it to spend more time underground and away from the light. Eventually the afflicted hurthling stays away from the sun, seeking for something to fill the emptiness left without a community.


He has spent far too long dwelling in deep caves where right-thinking hurthlings do not belong, and is a corrupted parody of the hurthling race. He is short and ugly, with greyish, hairless skin. Even his toes are hairless! "Have you seen my ... birthday present?", he whines, and then he giggles to himself. Don't turn your back on him.