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The Griffin is a creature of magic. It is born of magic, Sire, and can only be killed by magic.
Gaius to Uther[src]

Griffins are creatures of magic with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. As creatures born of magic, they can only be killed by magic. Any nonmagical weapon that strikes them - even steel - will shatter on impact.


A Griffin attacked Camelot during the reign of Uther Pendragon, who sent his son Arthur Pendragon and a battalion of knights to kill it. They failed, but the creature was later killed by Lancelot when he struck it with a lance that had been enchanted by Merlin.

Prior to this attack, griffins were believed to exist only in myth. Gaius was unable to find any mention of it in the records of all known living things in the kingdom and was forced to consult records of myth in the castle library (Lancelot).

Merlin later mentioned how he fought the Griffin while ranting to Gaius about how difficult his life had become since he arrived in Camelot (The Once and Future Queen).


Series 1
Series 2
The Once and Future Queen (Mentioned only)


See Also[]

Series 1 Enemies
The Dragon's Call: Mary Collins † • Lady Helen (indirect) †
Valiant: Valiant † • DevlinSerpent Shield
The Mark of Nimueh: Nimueh † • Afanc
The Poisoned Chalice: Nimueh † • Balorian SpidersCockatrice
Lancelot: Griffin
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: TaurenMorgana † • Uther Pendragon
Le Morte d'Arthur: Nimueh † • Questing BeastKilgharrah