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For Griselda's Warcraft: Orcs & Humans statistics, see Griselda (Warcraft I). For other characters with the same name, see Griselda.
NeutralGriselda Blackhand
Image of Griselda Blackhand
Gender Female
Race Orc
Affiliation(s) Independent
Former affiliation(s) Old Horde, Blackrock clan
Status Deceased[1]
Relative(s) Blackhand (father), Urukal (mother), Dal'rend and Maim (brothers), Turok (lover)

Griselda Blackhand was the daughter of Blackhand the Destroyer. She was killed by Blackhand's soldiers during the First War as punishment for running off with the renegade ogre Turok.


Rise of the Horde[]

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At her father's urging, Griselda was one of the first orc children to be aged to adulthood by the Drain Life ritual, alongside her brothers Dal'rend and Maim.[2] Like her brothers, Griselda had been trained to fight, but she was not a natural the way her brothers were.[3] Blackhand forbade her from drinking the blood of Mannoroth, intending to shame her.[4]

First War[]

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Griselda accompanied the Horde to Azeroth during the First War. During the war, she ran off with the renegade Turok and his band of ogres and hid with them in the Deadmines, thereby betraying the Horde and disobeying her father's commands. Blackhand was displeased by this and sent his forces to the Deadmines, where they killed Turok and his fellow rebels, including Griselda.[5]



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Warcraft I - Troll

What may be art for Griselda Blackhand, later labeled as an early troll

The "Creatures of the Land" chapter of the Warcraft: Orcs & Humans manual includes an unlabeled piece of artwork of a female creature that was likely intended to be Griselda, as she is the only unit in the game that comes even remotely close to matching the depicted being's appearance.

However, Griselda's appearance does not exactly line up with this artwork, her portrait looking very different than the face of the figure depicted in the artwork, and Blizzard later labeled the artwork as a picture of a troll on the official World of Warcraft website (though no trolls appear in Warcraft I).