Carved rutabaga for printmaking
on fabric

Sandy Gruelgrimm

The story around Gruelgrimm is almost legendary, here, at Gaia. Many ages ago Sandy Gruelgrimm had a passion for creating fine items out of leather: jackets, tobacco pouches, wrist bands, belts, sacks, and shoes.

He followed the family tradition of being an excellent leather craftsman, as proprietor of the Gruelgrimm Cobbler Shoppe at the Gaia Marketplace. He was only 5 (earth years) when won the notable Golden Shoes Award, for creating a special set of flame retardant shoes for a pet dragon named Tyfflrplz, owned by the Mayor of the Trolls.

They say his life changed the day he went exploring around the cliffs of Gaia, in his youth, and found a petite faery staring at her reflection in the magikk'd pools. This fae was under the spell of some grotesque creatures which alleged to be wizards, and so with much bravedo, the young Sandy Gruelgrimm escaped the caves with the fae in tow, and brought her to live with him in his humble cottage-workshop on the edge of the Wildwood.

She studied with Gruelgrimm "the ways to work the leathers" for many years: it been said that the cobbler "borrowed into the faery time so the seconds and minutes turned upon themselves" . . . and slowly she was broken of the spell of the Black Wizards, but Temptation would still remain.

She took Gruelgrimm with her to the land of Faery Dreamtime, and showed him the excitement of making tributes to the Elements and to the GreenMan, himself. This was how it was, until the day when Gruelgrimm granted the fae her freedom, and then Gruelgrimm lived alone in his cottage-workshop for many years.

They say he adopted an orphan named "Barph" who helped tend the gardens and do some cobbling work for Gruelgrimm, until the lad was old enough to go to school, and then decided to live with the Trolls because the love of magical adventures had, indeed, entered his heart as much as it did for Sandy Gruelgrimm the Cobbler.

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Gruelgrimm was born under the Spurca Constellation,
so his Gaia star sign is Spork! xD

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| And so, the years pass |

How long has it been, now, that I have remembered the stories of my old cobbler days in my human form? 200, or 300 or perhaps 500 years? And my dear adopted son, Barph, lived a full life --married, raised a fine family -- and was buried by my own hand.

I have lived in a secret place, on Gaia, hidden away from the eyes of others, having the power of the Dark Elves shining within me. I am sure the Fae would have loved to have seen me this way, but I have lost contact with her -- the dear child -- although I have heard from an elven messenger that she had been transformed, but happy.

Perhaps, soon, there will prove time and opportunity to create a little party to go and search for her. Heavens knows, aye, that we have such excellent horseflesh available to make such a trip -- it is only my community's current need, here, that keeps me bound to the pact of staying.

There was once upon a time when piles of gold would keep Gruelgrimm the Man-Cobbler happy; aye -- those days seem long ago past. I am now a Dark Elf Chief, and my people call me Little Wondonaz, which is a great honor to be called a wise man, in tribute to Odin.

If there be a question ye wish to ask me, ask
If there be a purpose of which to set me to, direct me to the task
I am a Dark Elf Chief, secretly closeted in a tiny glen
With my little band of elves we work magic, carefully; silently
So that a new age of elven glory can rise on Gaia, yet once again.

Yes, even a Dark Elf Chief likes vegetables:
How Many People Like Rutabagas

Want to know your Gaian Star sign?
Gaia Astrology!

Many thanks to these special people for their generous donations:
Cindy, Eoster, tv mom, bean si, tullian zombie, himawari kage, jesper farekylling, red on the head, lord baphomet, Loves2read, Madbrad, tikimother, my anonymous benefactor, and amazing giftie faery

Thank you, Cathy
~You will always be in my thoughts, dear Eoster~

Our wrinkles indicate where smiles have been.
~ Adapted from Mark Twain


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Report | 03/24/2016 8:02 am


Happy Belated Birthday!
Cerulean Miko

Report | 03/22/2016 8:42 pm

Cerulean Miko

Happy belated birthday! 3nodding
FiZzy Tears

Report | 12/17/2015 8:02 am

FiZzy Tears

Noticed your post on Christmas event and saw your in the 30's guild as well. Just friendly hello your way smile have wonderful Christmas!
Cerulean Miko

Report | 03/12/2015 6:54 pm

Cerulean Miko

Happy Birthday! whee
Cerulean Miko

Report | 03/22/2014 8:49 am

Cerulean Miko

Happy belated birthday. Hope your birthday was a good one. Also, all is well. Take care.

Report | 11/18/2013 3:22 pm


Hope you don't mind I was admiring your profile , reading some of your history! good to know someone else started Gaia like I in 2006! smile

Report | 08/19/2013 10:57 am


I joined in 2005! I agree, I wish I had known about this place when I joined. But I'm certainly glad that I'm there now! smile

Report | 08/19/2013 10:43 am


Hi! Welcome to the Newbie Supporting and Training Guild. smile To help you start your exploration of the NSTG, please be sure to visit our official Welcome Thread, which will link you to some of the most important and exciting places in the NSTG.

Our 5th annual summer event, Shipwrecked, is going on now in our Holiday Events subforum. No matter your Gaian experience level, this is a great opportunity to make new friends and win some great prizes; we hope to see you there!

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Monique Smiling

Report | 08/04/2013 1:16 pm

Monique Smiling

Yes and no to having enjoyed the time since we last spoke. I didn't enjoy the first part, but the second part I very much enjoyed.
In the second half of the hiatus I've become engaged to a wonderful man who is in a little less than a month going to move to Denmark with me.
He comes from Belgium, and I feel blessed. The first half was not as fun as I had a run in with a psychotic man who cheated me out of 5K danish kroner, but that's a tiresome story that there is no need for here.

And I would be very interested in checking out this tavern of yours. cat_4laugh
Monique Smiling

Report | 07/31/2013 4:24 am

Monique Smiling

Hey Gruelgrimm,
I've returned to Gaia and saw your comment made two years back.
My apologies for 2 years of hiatus, I hope we can start communicating again.
I've grown older and wiser in these two years, but I'd like to think more fun as well.
So it wont be a complete loss, hopefully!
I would like to offer a Free avatar art in reunion gift, there as well I've grown.

Warm greetings, Monique


Our wrinkles indicate where smiles have been.
~ Adapted from Mark Twain