Was Crocodile stronger at Marineford? Or was he holding back in Alabasta?

 During the Alabasta arc, Crocodile displayed a level of power that was initially considered overwhelming by the Straw Hat Pirates. He possessed the Logia-type Devil Fruit called the Suna Suna no Mi (Sand-Sand Fruit), which granted him the ability to control and transform into sand. He had a reputation as a Shichibukai and controlled the desert kingdom of Alabasta from the shadows. His strength was showcased through his battles with Luffy and others. At Marineford, Crocodile was present as part of the war that took place at Marine Headquarters. While he did participate in the battle, he didn't display the same level of dominance as some other powerful characters present. This has led fans to speculate that he might not have been as strong as initially portrayed in Alabasta. It's important to note that power scaling and character abilities can be subject to interpretation and development by the author. Oda often keeps details deliberately open-ended to keep the story intriguing.

How intelligent are goblins in Lord of the Rings?

 In J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, goblins (also known as orcs) are depicted as generally being less intelligent than humans. They are described as being brutish and lacking in sophistication, and they are often portrayed as being easily deceived or manipulated by other, more intelligent beings.

That being said, it is worth noting that not all goblins are created equal in The Lord of the Rings. Some individual goblins are depicted as being more intelligent and capable than others, and some are even shown to have leadership abilities or to be skilled at crafting weapons and armor. Overall, however, goblins are generally portrayed as being less intelligent and less technologically advanced than humans, and they are often depicted as being inferior to humans in terms of physical and mental capabilities.