- “My name is Relda Grimm. I am the wife of Basil Grimm. The mother of Henry and Jacob Grimm and mother-in-law of Veronica Grimm. I'm the grandmother of Sabrina and Daphne, and adopted grandma to Puck. I am also the grandmother of the little boy Mirror has kidnapped...you should know one more thing about me - I will do anything to protect my family. I don't care what falls apart. I don't care if the whole world falls apart.”
- ~ Relda Grimm, from The Inside Story
|Family:|| Basil Grimm (husband)|
Henry Grimm (son)
Jacob Grimm II (son)
Veronica Grimm (daughter-in-law)
Sabrina Grimm (granddaughter)
Daphne Grimm (granddaughter)
Red Riding Hood (adopted granddaughter)
Basil Grimm Jr. (grandson)
Alison Grimm (great-granddaughter)
Emma Grimm (great-granddaughter)
|Hair color:||Gray with red streaks|
|Aliases:||The Old Lady|
|Appearances:|| "The Fairy-Tale Detectives"|
"The Unusual Suspects"
"The Problem Child"
"Once Upon a Crime"
"Magic and Other Misdemeanors"
"Tales from the Hood"
"The Everafter War"
"The Inside Story"
"The Council of Mirrors"
Relda Grimm, affectionately called "Granny Relda" by her granddaughters, was the head of the Grimm family since Basil Grimm's death. Michael Buckley describes the old woman as the "one constant" in the series and in the Grimm family: the "pillar of strength." Granny Relda is from Germany and has a light accent. She is the mother of Jacob and Henry Grimm, the latter being the father of Sabrina, Daphne, and Basil the Second.
At 27, Relda met Basil Grimm at a party in Berlin, Germany. They fell in love quickly, marrying a week later. The newlyweds then took a two year long honeymoon, vacationing all over the world, where Relda picked up her exotic recipes. One year into their prolonged vacation, Relda became pregnant with Sabrina's father, but the couple continued to travel. Finally, When Basil's brother Edwin died, Basil's sister sent a letter to Basil telling him that he must return to Ferryport Landing. At that time, Relda did not know the truth of Everafters or even the Grimm family, only that the famous Brothers Grimm wrote fairy tales. Moving into Ferryport Landing, Relda took up the family business and had two sons, Henry and Jacob. At some point after having her two sons, she welcomed into her family Mr. Canis, a distressed human containing the spirit of the Big Bad Wolf, despite the disapproval of Basil.
When her sons were nearly grown, disaster struck. Jacob temporarily shut off the Barrier, unknowingly unleashing one of the most dangerous creatures in Ferryport Landing: the Jabberwocky. Basil Grimm was killed, and right after the funeral both of her sons left town.
It should be made known that during her time in Germany, she became infamous for her bad driving with the police. They threatened to hang her next time she drove a car in Berlin. Therefore, Mr. Canis usually drives the family car, though in book two Relda drives the car as they're chased by Bella. All of the Grimms, and including Mr. Canis, are unnerved by her driving and immediately tell her to never, ever drive again.
Jake Grimm described his mother as "good-natured" yet "impulsive." Relda always remains positive despite the things she's been through in life, such as the death of her husband. She is a loving woman and always seeked the good in people and believed in giving people a second chance. A good example of this was inviting notorious people into her family: Puck, Red, and Mr. Canis. She loved detective work and is encouraging. Relda would do anything to keep her family safe.
Physical DescriptionRelda is an old woman with wrinkles and gray hair that still has some streaks of red, hinting at it's former colour. Although she is elderly, she has red cheeks and shining green eyes that make her look much younger. Her outfits vary, but she always has a hat with a sunflower applique on it. She has a tendency to wear dresses in gaudy colours, often with a matching hat that usually has sometime of applique on it. (Such as when she wore a hat with a sunflower appliqued on it).
Relda was the wife of Basil Grimm Sr., and later became his widow after the latter died. She met Basil Sr. in Germany at the age of 26, at a house-party which the two attended. A week later, the two got married and spent the next year back-packing across the world as an extended honeymoon.
Sabrina and Granny Relda's relationship had a rocky start, with the former believing the latter was an impostor, as her father had said that the sisters' grandmother was dead. This led to Sabrina believing that Relda was another crazy foster carer that that her and Daphne would inevitably have to escape from. Her feelings towards Relda were not helped when her grandmother started talking about fairy-tales and Everafters which only reinforced the idea in Sabrina's mind that her grandmother was crazy. She also didn't particularly take to her as Daphne believed the old lady's words and chose (in Sabrina's eyes) her grandmother who she had only known for a few days, over her sister, who had been with her for her entire life. After her grandmother was kidnapped by a giant, Sabrina believed Relda and felt remorse for the way she acted. She strove to rescue her grandmother, aided by Daphne, Puck and Jack and soon accepted her grandmother into her life.
By the second book, Sabrina had established a relationship with her grandmother and was helping her grandmother with detective work, albeit reluctantly. Her grandmother wasn't too pleased with her predujiced nature towads Everafters, which led to a small rift between the two, though this was quickly resolved by the end of The Unusual Suspects, when Sabrina realised her mistake. There was also some tension evident in books 3 and 4, where, in The Problem Child, Sabrina had to cope with her addiction to magic which her grandmother heartily disapproved of, and in Once Upon a Crime, where Sabrina wanted to give up her role as fairy-tale detective. By Magic and Other Misdemeanors, however, Sabrina and Relda seem to have a good relationship, with the latter being praised by her grandmother for succesfully passing her training.
Their relationship again hits the rocks in Tales from the Hood, where Relda is disappointed with Sabrina's lack of faith in Mr. Canis. By the end of the book, again Sabrina realises her msitake, so their relationship again recovers. The two share a good relationship in The Everafter War, with Relda crying when Daphne and Sabrina are about to go back to New York. In The Inside Story, Sabrina vows to rescue her grandmother after Mirror possess her body, and she and the rest of her family spend the entirety of theCouncil of Mirrors trying to defeat the Master and get Relda back.
By the first epilogue, Relda had passed away so she doesn't get to see Sabrina's almost wedding. Sabrina expresses a desire for her grandmother's presence, to which her father replies that she is watching from heaven, probably serving Grandpa Basil a weird squid and daffodil dish.
"If you go after him they will arrest you next. Stay with us, Puck. I can't bear to lose another member of my family." Relda to Puck, after Canis gets sentenced to death.
Relda's relationship with Puck is that of Grandmother to Grandson, more so as the series goes on. She cares dearly for Puck, inviting him to live with her at the end of the first book. She considers him an adopted member of the Grimm family, and he accepts that graciously, even though he doesn't particularly show it. Beofre he moved in with the Grimms, Relda would often invite him around for dinner, or leave food out for him to eat, therefore showing how much she cared for him even before he became a member of the Grimm family. She is indulgent with Puck and treats him as she treats her other two (later three) grand-children, not really acknowledging his Royal status, instead choosing to treat him equally, which he seems to appreciate, although he makes a show of pretending he doesn't. Relda also seems to have a high tolerance of Puck's antics, more often than not managing to excuse Puck's behaviour or over-look, or not get too angry. Puck always refers to her as "Old Lady." She thinks of Puck as her adopted grandson, though the two later become family (though Relda has passed away at this point) through Puck's marraige to Sabrina.