He is the son of the previous High King Alriksson's sister. [1a]
Great Book of Gurdges
The High Kings have kept the Great Book of Grudges, the oldest and most important of the many Books of Grudges that exist throughout the Dwarf realms. This book, known as Dammaz Kron, recounts all the ancient wrongs and deeds of treachery perpetrated against the Dwarf race. [5a] its pages are written in the blood of High Kings, and its tattered parchment is much thumbed and studied.
The Book is Thorgrim's constant companion. He keeps the book by his side night and day, sleeping with its gnarled old pages beneath his pillow, and carrying it about with him in his waking hours. He has managed to strike our several long-held grudges, including winning recompense of 1,000 gold pieces from the Burgomeister of Altdorf for damage done to the reputation of Borin Bullroarer during the Great Altdorf Stampede.
Occasionally, the Dwarfs have the opportunity to set right some ancient wrong, in which case the high King has the satisfaction of striking out the record in the book. This hardly ever happens as, when it comes down to it, Dwarfs much prefer to hold a grudge rather than let bygones be bygones. Even grudges which have been crossed our can still be read and are never forgotten, but fondly recalled together with the story of how vengeance was finally exacted. Dwarfs are very good at bearing grudges, and Dammaz Kron recounts many episodes of the infamy of other races and of the gods themselves. The Dwarf language has no word for forgiveness, but many subtle variations on revenge, recompense and retribution.
When Thorgrirn goes to war (which is often, for there are many dark deeds of infamy to avenge!) he carries the Great Book of Grudges with him. [5b] He is borne aloft on the Throne of Power by his four sturdy Thronebearers, and brandishes aloft the Axe of Grimnir. Atop his brow he wears the Crown of Karaz-a-Karak. [3b][5b]
Since an early age, Thorgrim has dreamed of avenging his people and perhaps, one day, to put aside the Great Book of Grudges by striking out every single grudge it contains. Such a thing would be impossible even in a thousand lifetimes, but Dwarfs are a determined folk and once their mind is made up they are obstinate.
He campaigned in Norsca with the Norse Dwarfs, re-establishing ties with them and even entering several of the Lost Holds to gather and return lost artefacts including the Golden Sceptre of Norgrim.[1a]
When High King Alriksson returned from the Great War against Chaos he had suffered various wounds that would not fully heal and called a Council of Kings to decide the succession. Although many present were impressed by Buregar of the Angrund Clan and Ungrim Ironfist, it was Thorgrim whose deeds and words led to him being aclaimed as the next High King. His final task achieved, Alriksson passed away. [1a]
He rallied the clans to aid Belegar Ironhammer in his latest attempt to retake Karak Eight Peaks, having new Rune weapons forged for him by Thorek Ironbrow of Karak Azul who also joined the throng assaulting the lost hold. [1a]
Thorgrim led the Throng with that of Ungrim Ironfist to the aid of Zhufbar when it was attacked by Goblins, quickly slaughtering the invaders. However the greenskins had been fleeing a bigger threat - an Ogre army commanded by the Tyrant Browl Lumphammer. Together with an army from Nuln with a huge artillery train, they destroyed the horde [1a] at the Battle of a Hundred Cannons.[4a]
Weapons and Equipment
- 4th Edition: Armour of the Dwarf Kings, Axe of Grimnir, Book of Grudges, Dragon Crown of Karaz, Throne of Power. [5c]
- 8th Edition: Armour of Skaldour, Axe of Grimnir, Dragon Crown of Karaz, Great Book of Grudges, Throne of Power. [3b]
- Armour of Skaldour: Ancient Rune bedecked armour. [3b]
- Axe of Grimnir: Given to the gods son Morgrim when he went north and passed down by the High Kings. [3b]
- Dragon Crown: Worn by the High Kings since the founding of Karaz-a-Karak. [3b]
- Throne of Power: For over four thousand years, the Dwarf High Kings have been carried into battle on the Throne of Power. The throne is an ancient wonder and an astounding piece of craftsmanship, a marvel amongst the Dwarfs. The throne normally resides in the cavernous throne room of Karaz-a-Karak, raised upon a massive pedestal of polished stone. Those who would seek an audience with the High King must climb a night of steep steps as the Dwarf Lord stares down at them imperiously from the massive throne. [5b] It is said that whilst the Throne of Power endures the Dwarf race will also endure, but should it ever be destroyed then the Dwarf race will be doomed. [5c]
|Fellow Dawi, I see Orc scum! They foul our mountains with their vile taint. The Dammaz Kron, our Great Book of Grudges, is filled with such greenskin atrocities! Bring hammer and axe - show these urks and grobi no mercy!.
~ Thorgrim Grudgebearer.
- 1: Total War Warhammer
- 2: Behind the Voices – Total War Warhammer [2a]
- 3: Warhammer Armies: Dwarfs (8th Edition)
- 4: White Dwarf 340 (UK)
- 4a: Famous Battles, pg. 16
- 5: White Dwarf 160 (UK)
- Warhammer Armies: Dwarfs (4th Edition), Needs Citation
- Warhammer Armies: Dwarfs (6th Edition) (no rules), pg. 58
- Warhammer Armies: Dwarfs (Revised 6th Edition), Needs Citation