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A Cofgod (plural Cofgodas ("cove gods")) was a household god in Anglo-Saxon paganism. The Classicist Ken Dowden opined that the cofgodas were the equivalent of the Penates found in Ancient Rome.[1] Dowden also compared them to the Kobolds of later German folklore, arguing that they had both originated from the kofewalt, a spirit that had power over a room.[2] It is generally accepted that the English hob and Anglo-Scottish brownie are the modern survival of the cofgod.[3]


  1. ^ Dowden 2000. p. 229.
  2. ^ Dowden 2000. p. 229.
  3. ^ "Cove-Gods", An Other Dictionary.
  • Dowden, Ken (2000). European Paganism: The Realities of Cult from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-12034-9.