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Gruffs are a kind of faeries, allied with the Summer Court. They are first seen in Small Favor.

Description Edit

Gruffs appear as bipedal goats with white fur, digitgrade legs, hooved feet, claws, and tightly-curled horns;[1] their size varies by age. Average Gruffs have a height around five foot six, while older Gruffs range from human size to twenty feet tall.

Characteristics Edit

  • They give off a scent that is somewhere inbetween a skunk and rotting eggs.[1]
  • They are intelligent beings, as shown being capable of coherent speech and reasoning, as well as adept at using anything between oaken cudgels and submachine guns.[2]Older gruffs might even know how to use magic.
  • Like all Fae, Summer or Winter, gruffs are weak against cold iron or steel.
  • Like many large digitigrade animals, their hooves are also vulnerable to damage if hit behind the ankle; such a hit can lame them indefinitely, especially when dealt against larger and heavier gruffs.
  • Gruffs are very similar to satyrs, half-man half-goat creatures from Greek mythology.
  • They like to fly on rainbows. (ref?)


  • While younger gruffs might not wear anything or use any tools unless necessary, older Gruffs may wear clothing, wield weapons, and even use very powerful magic. (ref?)
  • The Eldest Gruff has killed several Senior Council members in battle and still wears the purple stoles as a trophy on his belt.[3]
  • They are believed to be the origin of the Fairy Tale "Three Billy Goats Gruff".(ref?)

Role in the Summer Court Edit

Among the Summer Fae, Gruffs serve as enforcers and bodyguards; they are noted for their ability to kill trolls, and are of reasonably high rank-"up there", as Harry Dresden puts it. Like the fairy tale, younger Gruffs are sent at a target first, with their older (and larger) brothers continuing the pursuit if they fail.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Small Favor, ch. 1
  2. Small Favor, ch. 7
  3. Small Favor, ch. 44

See Also Edit

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