|Forests, meadows, crypts|
|Unknown; they speak with humans reluctantly|
|Piss to the milk|
Able to mount a cat
Fond of alcohol
|Less than one foot?|
Broad noses and bellies
The griggs (also referred to as imps or forest spirits) are tiny humanoids who Caldemeyn blames for pissing to the milk. Once upon a time, priests from the Old Hermitage tried to convert some forest griggs, reportedly with little success.
In The Witcher computer game[edit | edit source]
Geralt encounters them in Murky Waters as part of the Small Problems quest. There appear to be at least two tribes of griggs: the so-called "good" tribe and a "bad" tribe. The good tribe inhabits the area between the currently ruined bridge to the fields and the riverbank, while the "bad" tribe has taken up residence in one of the deeper chambers of the crypt in the fields.
Even the good tribe seems to have a rather mischievous streak. It seems that these tiny creatures let their opinions on the local bridge construction be known through nightly vandalism, much to the consternation of the local mason, Harn and his son, Pat.
They mount cats and exhibit a marked appreciation for alcohol. They seem to worship or revere santons, where they hide their precious cat harnesses. Another important symbol for them is four-leaf clover – a man who carries it is uninterrupted by griggs during his or her work.
Associated quests[edit | edit source]
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In the Blood and Wine expansion[edit | edit source]
Griggs' village carved out in a tree can be found in Land of a Thousand Fables. Uninterrupted they cut mushrooms, hoe the ground and collect herbs, but if Geralt comes too close, they begin to run to their houses shouting squeaky.
Note[edit | edit source]
- Although there are no references to the Griggs specifically in Anglo-Saxon culture and folklore, their model resembles a typical Irish goblin, of which the clover is a symbol and a reference. Nevertheless, the Griggs are somewhat similar to the Pookas or leprechauns, creatures of the Irish mythology.
- In Polish folklore, their name is "skrzaty" (singular: "skrzat"), also known as "krasnoludki" (singular: "krasnoludek"). There are little folk, most of time friendly. During the day, they hid under the doorstep, behind the stove, in the mouse burrows or in the nooks and crannies of the forge or stables; by night, they do housework and protect the children from the evil ghosts. The famous Polish comedy about krasnoludki is Kingsajz.
- In Danusia Stok's translation of "The Lesser Evil" they are called "imps" (translated the same as different creatures, called "chochliki" in Polish), in David French's translation of 'Season of Storms they are called "forest spirits", while in the English version of The Witcher game they are called "griggs".
References[edit | edit source]
- The Witcher computer game