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Ettins are a race of two-headed giants found in several highland areas around the Eastern Kingdoms, mostly in the Twilight Highlands, the Redridge Mountains and the hills and forests of Gilneas and Silverpine. They are also found in Highmountain on the Broken Isles. The ettins of Silverpine came from Gilneas, and now wander the land searching for their next juicy meal, though the Forsaken have managed to subjugate and utilize some of them to haul their wagons throughout the forest. Many ettins have also been enslaved or recruited by the Twilight's Hammer cult.
According to Brann Bronzebeard, there is enough fossil evidence to theorize that the ettins evolved from ogres, but he suspects there might be a "missing link". Any fossil evidence was likely lost when Draenor was torn apart. This can not be entirely true, however, for the ettins of the Broken Isles have apparently been living there for several ages before the Dark Portal ever opened.
The ettins of Highmountain seem to operate under some sort of hierarchy above their already existing tribal network, as Hill Prince Urgo, like his father before him, was destined to be the lord of all the hill ettin tribes in Highmountain.
|Guardian of the Elementium Axe||Twilight's Hammer||Killable||Altar of Ascension, Twilight Highlands|
|Led the attack on Dunwald||Twilight's Hammer||Killable||Dunwald Town Square, Twilight Highlands|
|Camel hoarder||Independent||Killable||Steam Pools, Feralas|
|Terror of Highmountain||Independent||Killable||Highmountain|
|Twilight's Hammer smith||Twilight's Hammer||Killable||Khardros' Anvil, Grim Batol|
|Gilnean hill-lord captured by Garrosh Hellscream||Independent||Killable||Brawl'gar Arena|
|Captures dragons for use in Twilight's Hammer rituals||Twilight's Hammer||Killable||Wyrmbreaker's Rookery, Twilight Highlands|
|Bane of hundreds of Forsaken soldiers||Independent||Killable||Northern Headlands, Ruins of Gilneas|
|Leader of a group of ogres in Gilneas||Himself||Killable||Koroth's Den, Gilneas|
|Wreaking havoc on Tol Barad||Independent||Killable||Tol Barad|
- The word "ettin" is an archaic English cognate to Old Norse Jötunn (giants of Norse mythology). In the Dungeons & Dragons and The Chronicles of Narnia universes there are ettins with similar physique to those seen in World of Warcraft.
- Ettins used a placeholder gronn model during the testing phases of Cataclysm.
- The ettin also appear in Manual of Monsters Appendix Three, however, the validity of this source is disputed.
- Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Classification changed from humanoids to giants.
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Introduced.