Native to Outland, some say the Gronn gave rise to the lesser ogres. Yet they show little love for their children, ruling the ogre clans with a brutal iron fist. Gronn wield fearsome power; however, they are not famed for their intelligence.
The earth giants are the ancestors of the gronn. Whatever they were, the only signs of their passing are the Temples of the Damned built during the Second War, which were all destroyed.
Prior to the orcish invasion of Azeroth, the ogres told the orcs that they were beaten and whipped by the gronn (many ogres bore whip scars on their backs). The ogres under Krol rebelled against the gronn with the assistance of Blackhand and the Orcish Horde. The gronn later came under attack by the black dragonflight when they attempted to settle the Blade's Edge Mountains. With some unexpected help from the heroes of the Alliance Expedition the Gronn and their ogre slaves sent the black dragons flying. Since then gronn seem to have become rather fond of dragon hunting — there are several fully grown adult black dragons found impaled on spikes within the Blade's Edge Mountains, whilst some gronn take related titles such as "Gruul the Dragonkiller" and "Gorgrom the Dragon-Eater". Baron Sablemane, a black dragon in disguise at the Circle of Blood in the Blade's Edge Mountains has this to say: "My loathing of interruptions is overshadowed only by my hatred of Gruul the Dragonkiller and his seven sons!".
Today Gruul the Dragonkiller is worshipped as a deity by the ogres of Blade's Edge Mountains. His powerful sons ravage both the spires of their home and the plains of Nagrand. Gruul's unparalleled strength and experience in battle would pose a serious threat if he ever chose to attack Horde or Alliance forces in Outland.
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The gronn are hunted and enslaved by the Thunderlord clan and are used as living siege weapons by the Iron Horde. Gruul the Subjugated, once the greatest of the gronn, now serves the Iron Horde in the Blackrock Foundry.
- On the Burning Crusade teaser site Gronn were once described as immortal demi-gods. It was also stated that only seven were thought to be in existence.
- Goc and Maggoc may be references to the ogres Gog and Maggog. Gog and Magog are names that appear in the Book of Genesis, the Book of Ezekiel, 1 Chronicles, the Book of Revelation, and the Qur'an. They are also used in the exegesis of the Midrash Rabbah and the Talmud.
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Given that most of the named Gronn are described as Gruul's sons, Gruul may be the first gronn, or else the being who created them.
Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Classification changed from humanoids to giants.
Patch 2.0.3 (2007-01-09): Added.
- ^ The Burning Crusade Bestiary
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Magazine Volume 2 Issue 1
- ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/zone/gruuls-lair/
- ^ WoW Stratics