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Grogochs are fairy creatures in Irish folklore.


Origin

Some say that Grogochs were originally half human, half-fairy aborigines who came from Kintyre in Scotland to settle in Ireland.


Places

The grogoch, well-known throughout north Antrim, Rathlin Island and parts of Donegal, were also found on the Isle of Man, where they are called phynnodderee.

Description

Resembling a very small elderly man, though covered in coarse, dense reddish hair or fur, he wears no clothes, but sports a variety of twigs and dirt from his travels. Grogochs are not noted for their personal hygiene: there are no records of any female grogochs.


Powers

The grogoch is impervious to searing heat or freezing cold. His home may be a cave, hollow or cleft in the landscape. In numerous parts of the northern countryside are large leaning stones which are known as 'grogochs' houses'.

The grogoch has the power of invisibility and will often only allow certain trusted people to observe him.


Behavior

Like brownies, the grogoch may choose to help some humans with their planting and harvesting or with domestic chores and will ask no other payment than a jug of cream or a pint of ale bier.

The grogoch will scuttle about the kitchen looking for odd jobs to do and will invariably get under people's feet. Like many other fairies, the grogoch has a great fear of the clergy and will not enter a house if a priest or minister is there.