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Other languages: German: Glühwesen
Hungarian: Tündöklő
Spanish: Glühenvolk
Русский: Светлошкур
Farsi: گلوئن ولک
Notables: Vincent
Vincent & Jocelyn's baby

A Glühenvolk (GLOO-in-folk; Ger. Glühen "glow" + Volk "people") is an alien-like Wesen that appeared in "Endangered". They are extremely rare, humanoid reptilian creatures with magnificent glowing skin, giving them a very extraterrestrial-like appearance in recent times.


When they woge, Glühenvolk gain bulbous heads with a barely visible nose and ears. Their mouths are filled with yellow, peg-like fangs. Most notably, Glühenvolk gain reptilian, bio-luminescent skin that glows a gentle, yet brilliant electric blue. The bioluminescence of these creatures is caused by luciferase, a class of enzymes found in many organisms like fireflies and many marine invertebrates. Their eyes also turn the same shade of blue but do not glow. Their infants are born woged.

As a pregnancy advances in female Glühenvolk, she needs to consume a greater quantity of cow ovaries to prevent the premature delivery of the child. During the third trimester, the female is no longer mobile enough to endure the physical nature of the hunt. During this time, the male Glühenvolk will harvest the ovaries for his mate during the night under the cover of darkness.

They appear to be somewhat stronger than humans, as Vincent was able to rip cow ovaries out with his bare hands. They are also fast creatures and posses great stamina.


Glühenvolk are a benevolent species; they do not like to kill accidentally or intentionally. Male Glühenvolk are extremely caring and protective of their mates, especially if their mate is pregnant. Attempting to harm a Glühenvolk's mate is one of the only ways to elicit a violent response from them. When a female Glühenvolk is pregnant, she must consume cow ovaries to stay healthy. Due to their disdain for violence, Glühenvolk prefer to attack the cows while they are asleep to lessen the rush of adrenaline, and thus, souring the flavor and texture of the meat.


They are a very ancient Wesen species whose roots can be traced back to Africa. In the past, their magnificent skin was thought to have magical properties, and today, it is simply valued for its beauty. Consequently, they have been hunted to near extinction and are considered as such by most other Wesen. Due to their rarity and beauty, many Wesen consider seeing a Glühenvolk to be good luck. In modern times, sightings of Glühenvolk have led humans to believe in the existence of extraterrestrials, and they are of particular interest to ufologists.

Excerpt from Grimm DiariesEdit

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Thought to be extinct, Glühenvolk were considered valuable for their skin's luminescent quality and were hoarded by collectors.

It was thought to be extremely good luck to see a Glühenvolk in the wild.

Their existence and the likelihood of seeing one, was akin to the legend of the leprechaun.

I tracked this beautiful creature to the ends of the earth. It took nearly a lifetime, but it was worth it. His skin so radiant and valuable, I poached him and retired on the fortune I made.

A close view of Glühenvolk skin, which glows like the moon.

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Season 2 Blu-ray Grimm Guide ProfileEdit

A humanoid reptilian creature with glowing skin, this uniquely ancient Wesen species have roots that go all the way back to Africa. The gestating female is known to consume cow ovaries during pregnancy. They are believed to have been hunted into extinction for their skin's unique luminescent quality.



Creature Profile Gluhenvolk - Grimm

Creature Profile Gluhenvolk - Grimm


Wesen in Grimm
Accipitrid Wesen Barbatus Ossifrage, Geier, Steinadler
Amphibian Wesen Folterseele
Bovine Wesen Fuilcré, Heftigauroch, Taureus-Armenta
Canine Wesen Anubis, Apgadnieks, Blutbad, Coyotl, Höllentier, Hundjäger, Inugami, Luison, Schakal, Wældreór, Wildesheer
Caprine Wesen Krampus, Seelengut, Ziegevolk
Cathartid Wesen Raub-Kondor
Cetancodont Wesen Taweret
Chelicerate Wesen Spinnetod
Chelonian Wesen Genio Innocuo
Chimeric Wesen Manticore, Naiad, Wettbewerbsgewinner
Chiropteran Wesen Murciélago
Dinosaur Wesen Glühenvolk
Falconid Wesen Uhranuti
Feline Wesen Klaustreich, Weten Ogen
Hexapod Wesen Ataktos Fuse, Gevatter Tod, Jinnamuru Xunte, Kackenkopf, Mellifer, Musasat Alsh-Shabab
Lagomorpha Wesen Willahara
Lepidosauromorphan Wesen Furis Rubian, Königschlange, Lausenschlange, Phansigar, Quijada Vil, Skalengeck, Varme Tyv, Wasser Zahne
Lutrine Wesen Luisant-Pêcheur
Machairodontine Wesen Mauvais Dentes
Meline Wesen Drang-Zorn
Mustelid Wesen Ungeziefer Greifer
Osteichthyan Wesen Cracher-Mortel, Hasenfussige Schnecke, Matança Zumbido, Unnamed Red Herring-like Wesen
Pantherine Wesen Balam, Löwen, Pflichttreue, Yaguaraté
Passeriform Wesen Seltenvogel
Perissodactyl Wesen Dickfellig, Nuckelavee
Primate Wesen Alpe, Aswang, Cupiditas, El Cucuy, El Cuegle, Excandesco, Fuchsteufelwild, Hässlich, Hexenbiest, Indole Gentile, Koschie, Musai, Siegbarste, Wendigo, Wildermann, Zerstörer
Pseudosuchian Wesen Gelumcaedus, Skalenzahne
Rodent Wesen Eisbiber, Mauzhertz, Reinigen, Riesen-Ratte, Stangebär
Sauropsidans Wesen Dämonfeuer
Spiralian Wesen Gedächtnis Esser, Huntha Lami Muuaji, Lebensauger
Strigiform Wesen Scharfblicke
Suinan Wesen Bauerschwein, Malin Fatal, Schinderdiv
Ursid Wesen Jägerbar
Vulpine Wesen Fuchsbau, Kitsune, Vulpesmyrca

Start a Discussion Discussions about Glühenvolk

  • Against the odds

    5 messages
    • It's a friggin movie. They do whatever is convenient for their show. Who cares how?
    • They are most likely from the community they mentioned but needed to travel to get more cows
  • jellyfish

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    • They resemble an alien archetype called a Grey. Also, they have teeth and bones, which jellyfish do not possess. Lastly, they partially explai...
    • They eat cows!!!
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