A Griffin is a creature that has the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. They can only be born of magic, and can only be killed by magic. Any nonmagical weapon that strikes them- even steel- will shatter off their skin and feathers, given they are invincible to them.
One particular Griffin attacked Camelot during the reign of Uther Pendragon, who sent his son and a battalion of knights to attempt to kill it. They failed, but the griffin was later killed when Lancelot charged at it with a lance imbued with magic by Merlin. Prior to this attack, the griffin was believed to exist only in myth. Information on griffins was obtained by Camelot's court physician Gaius in the castle library (Lancelot).
Behind the Scenes
- The Griffin is similar to the Hippogriff, a more benevolent creature that is considered a symbol of love in some traditions or Christ's dual nature as a divine and human.
|Series 1 Enemies|
|The Dragon's Call: Mary Collins † • Lady Helen (indirect) † |
Valiant: Valiant † • Devlin • Serpent Shield
The Mark of Nimueh: Nimueh † • Afanc †
The Poisoned Chalice: Nimueh † • Balorian Spiders • Cockatrice
A Remedy to Cure All Ills: Edwin Muirden † • Elanthia Beetles
The Gates of Avalon: Sophia † • Aulfric † • Sidhe elder
The Beginning of the End: Uther Pendragon †
Excalibur: Nimueh † • Tristan de Bois †
The Moment of Truth: Kanen
The Labyrinth of Gedref: Arthur Pendragon (indirect) †
To Kill the King: Tauren • Morgana † • Uther Pendragon †
Le Morte d'Arthur: Nimueh † • Questing Beast • Kilgharrah