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Eldest Gruff or Eldest Brother Gruff is a faerie, specifically a gruff. He is a champion for the Summer Queen, Titania. He first appears in Small Favor.

DescriptionEdit

Wearing several stoles of the Senior Council, Eldest Gruff appears to be a incredibly powerful individual, who disposed of Magog within seconds. He is the eldest of the Gruff brothers, and also the most powerful. However, he is also the smallest of his family. Eldest was also the most personable of the Gruffs, willing to speak with Harry on normal terms and even giving him the chance to recover before their fight.[1]He told Harry that he personally admired the young wizard, and had wished to avoid the fight altogether if possible, but will still fight to kill Harry, albeit with great regret, since it was his queen's order.

According to Harry Dresden. Eldest Gruff is about five foot. He wears a robe with a cowl pulled down. He has curling ram horns, goat-like features, long white beard, yellow eyes with an hourglass pupil. He carries a wooden staff in his right hand, carved with runes that look very much like Harry's. Around his rope belt hang three purple stoles of the Senior Council, indicating that he killed three of the most powerful wizards on the planet.[1] Like the Faerie Queens, the Eldest Gruff wears a mantle that passes on at the death of the wearer.[2]

In the seriesEdit

Small FavorEdit

Main article: Small Favor

In Small Favor, He was sent to Chicago defeat Harry Dresden by order of the Queen Titania, but had been confounded by Harry's spell using Little Chicago. When Harry used fire magic for the first time since seeing Mab, Eldest Gruff was able to track Harry to the island Demonreach. Eldest Gruff destroyed Magog when he refused to get out of his way. Harry cleverly got him to back off by redeeming his boon (favor) with the Summer Court that came with his silver leaf pin to get him to leave the battlefield long enough for Harry to leave as well, removing the need for Eldest Gruff to continue pursuing him. Harry did this by asking for a freshly made doughnut, the real kind from Chicago, not a construct. And, it had to have white frosting and sprinkles on it.[1]

Later, when Harry reaches the shores of Chicago, his brother Thomas has coffee waiting for him in the car. Next to the coffee is a brown paper bag containing a cake doughnut with white frosting and sprinkles—still warm. Thomas is perplexed how that got there. Harry just ate in utter joy.[3]

Turn CoatEdit

Main article: Turn Coat

In Turn Coat, Donald Morgan reveals that Titania's retainer, through whom he arranged protection from the Queen, had told him the story of Harry's request for a doughnut. Apparently, the story has spread. The entire Summer Court has been laughing about it for months.[4]

Cold DaysEdit

Main article: Cold Days 

In Cold Days, Eldest Gruff greets Harry Dresden at Mab's birthday party for Harry at Arctis Tor, he's friendly and gives Harry his best wishes. He's acquainted with Sarissa, being aware of some secret concerning an obligation that he promises to continue to keep quiet about.[5]

Titania revealed Eldest Gruff had given her wise counsel that killing Harry would not bring Aurora back to her. Harry thinks to himself that he owes Eldest Gruff a beer for speaking on his behalf.[6]

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