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"I have redeemed myself by giving belief to the wings of the young. Blessed are those who believe, for indeed they shall fly."

-Grimble as he dies, The Capture

Grimble (Books)
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Species: Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus)
Gender: Male
Unnamed mate[1]
Book Appearances
Appears in: The Capture
Movie Appearances
Appears in: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
An own forced to serve for St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls

Grimble was a male Boreal Owl, or Aegolius funereus, that falsely served St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls. He taught Soren and Gylfie how to fly and was killed by Skench while helping them escape from the library of St. Aggie's.


Before the Books

Grimble, returning from hunting with his mate, found a St. Aggie's patrol trying to snatch his favorite owlet, Bess. The owl who had attempted to snatch Bess was Ork, a cousin of Jatt and Jutt, and a deadly enemy of Skench and Spoorn. Grimble pursued and killed him with his bare talons, saving his daughter. Skench and Spoorn saw his superb fighting skills and made a deal with him, saying that they would never touch his nest again if he chose to come and join them at St. Aegolius. Grimble was allowed three visits to his nest per year, but the longer he stayed at St. Aggie's, the less his own family recognized him. He had become semi-moon-blinked, which he considered worse than being fully moon-blinked.

The Capture

Grimble was forced to serve St. Aggie's when he killed Ork, and Skench, the Ablah General, threatened to harm his family. He was instrumental in helping Soren and Gylfie escape St. Aggie's, but was killed by Skench.

The Golden Tree

Grimble is mentioned as the father of Bess, who is also known as the Knower, whom the Band had discovered during their journeys.

The War of the Ember

Grimble appeared to his daughter in a dream and told her to "wake up", indicating of a hidden danger and that she should step out of staying at the Palace of Mist.


"The life I live is worse than death, I assure you." - Grimble to Soren and Gylfie

  1. Revealed in The Capture, page 144