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A Gruff.

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


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.

They smell like a cross of a skunk and rotting eggs.[1] They are extremely intelligent beings, and can handle weapons as diverse as oaken cudgels and submachine guns.[2] Older gruffs can also wield powerful magic.[3] They are, however, susceptible to cold iron or steel, as Harry's interaction with Tiny (older gruff) at McAnally's pub reveals.[4] 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.[2]

While younger gruffs might not wear anything or use any tools unless necessary, older Gruffs may wear clothing or armor, wield weapons, and even use very powerful magic.[3] The Eldest Gruff has killed several Senior Council members in battle and still wears the purple stoles as a trophy on his belt.[3]

Gruffs are very similar to satyrs, half-man half-goat creatures from Greek mythology. They are believed to be the origin of the Fairy Tale "Three Billy Goats Gruff".[5]

Role in the Summer CourtEdit

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.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Small Favor, ch. 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 Small Favor, ch. 7
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Small Favor, ch. 44
  4. Small Favor, ch. 17
  5. Small Favor, ch. 3

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