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Grumkins are mythical creatures that appear in Westerosi folktales. They are associated with granting wishes, either by crafting magical objects which make wishes come true,[1] or by directly giving people a number of wishes, of which the third wish is the last and must be used carefully.[2] Grumkins are implied to be of short stature[3] or otherwise of very small size[4] and may also steal and replace children.[5]

Adults no longer believe in grumkins and consider them imaginary beings,[6] comparable to legendary animals and supernatural entities[7] or the monsters that children's nurses warn them against.[3] As a result, several attempts to seek aid against the danger of the Others are met with mockery which ridicules the messenger as also fearing "snarks and grumkins,"[8][9] which the speaker implies are similarly non-existent.