Grantorto is a tyrant who is the main villain of Book V and who imprisons the innocent Eirena. Arthegall is on a quest from the Faerie Queene to defeat him and free her. To lure Arthegall to him, he sets a deadline that he will kill Eirena if Arthegall doesn’t come to challenge him personally by a certain date. Arthegall just barely makes the deadline, and the two of them fight. Though he is strong, Grantorto ends up with his ax stuck in Arthegall’s shield, and so Arthegall decapitates him, freeing Eirena.
Grantorto Quotes in The Faerie Queene
The The Faerie Queene quotes below are all either spoken by Grantorto or refer to Grantorto. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:).
Book V: Canto XII Quotes
But ere he could reform it thoroughly,
He through occasion called was away,
To Faerie Court, that of necessity
His course of Justice he was forst to stay,
And Talus to revoke from the right way
Grantorto Character Timeline in The Faerie Queene
The timeline below shows where the character Grantorto appears in The Faerie Queene. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book V: Canto I
Book V: Canto XI
Book V: Canto XII