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Grinjer is a twenty-six year old model builder who suffers from acne and still lives with his mother in Djelibeybi. His only appearance is in the novel Pyramids. He has combined his childhood interest into a career as the Royal Model Builder, making incredibly detailed and accurate models for the tombs of the nobility of Djelibeybi. He is renowned, in modelling circles, for the sheer amount of detail and accuracy he can put into a 1/80th scale river trireme. Up until Dios inadvertently sits on it, it is accurate right down to the very last plank in the deck.

Grinjer remains single, but lives in hope that one day there will be a girl who recognises the supreme importance of providing a third hand, when needed, to stop that pesky chariot wheel getting out of alignment before the glue dries. Indeed, his specification for the ideal wife would be somebody who can mix up a new batch of glue from basic ingredients and help with the basic, less skilled but time-consuming, work while he gets on with the fine detail modelling.

Even after the collapse of the pyramid business and its associated grave-goods industry, Grinjer will likely remain employed making architectural models of all those new-fangled bridges and aqueducts that the Ptaclusp family are proposing to do, at Queen Ptraci's bequest, with all this handy dressed stone that's suddenly lying around in profusion...

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Grinjer is a parody of modellers the world over whose devotion to building model train set-ups or military dioramas supersedes all other activities, particularly social ones. His profession finds its Roundworld parallel in the Terracotta warriors found in the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China from 210–209 BCE, placed there to protect the emperor in his afterlife.