Creatures known as "Grumpkins" and "Snarks" are mythical creatures that appear in Westerosi folktales.
They are supposedly the kind of monsters that little children hear about in nursery stories, the kind spoken of in the same breath as ghosts, goblins, vampires, the bogeyman, etc.
The White Walkers have not been seen by anyone in eight thousand years by the time of the War of the Five Kings, and so they have become the stuff of legend. In the present day, White Walkers are most often spoken of in nursery stories and fictional tales, alongside the likes of ghosts or "grumpkins and snarks".
In the BooksEdit
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels Grumpkins and Snarks are creatures of legend almost always mentioned in this pairing, usually mentioned when people are dismissing the White Walkers as nothing but the stuff of legends and children's tales, like ghosts, mermaids, White Walkers, or Giants.
What little information has been given is that Grumpkins are supposed to be small of stature, and grant people three wishes. Sort of like the older "faerie" stories of Gaelic myth, however, Grumpkins can actually be very dangerous - it is pointed out that stories about Grumpkins are meant to frighten children. At one point it is also noted that Grumpkins sometimes steal and replace children, like the Changeling of real-life myth.
- Grumkin on A Wiki of Ice and Fire (spoilers from the books)
- Snark on A Wiki of Ice and Fire (spoilers from the books)
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