- > what is a grue?
- The grue is a sinister, lurking presence in the dark places of the earth. Its favorite diet is adventurers, but its insatiable appetite is tempered by its fear of light. No grue has ever been seen by the light of day, and few have survived its fearsome jaws to tell the tale.
- A grue is a fictional predator that dwells in the dark. The word was first used in modern times as a fictional predator in Jack Vance‘s Dying Earth universe (described as being part “ocular bat”, part “unusual hoon” and part man).
Dave Lebling introduced a similar monster, whose name was borrowed from Vance’s grues, into the interactive fiction computer game Zork, published by Infocom. Zork’s grues fear light and devour adventurers, making it impossible to explore the game’s dark areas without a light source. The grue subsequently appeared in other Infocom games.