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Helga Grinwell is a character in The Wheel of Time television series portrayed by Robyn Betteridge.[1]

She is the daughter of Master and Mistress Grinwell, and lives on a farm in Andor.


Early life[]

Helga was born on a farm in Andor to Master and Mistress Grinwell, and grew up with several siblings. She grew up with many toys, including a doll named after the legendary hero, Birgitte. She believed that Birgitte protected her when everyone was asleep.

Season 1[]

When Thom Merrilin, Rand al'Thor, and Mat Cauthon are staying on the Grinwell farm, Mistress Grinwell sends Helga with some bread to give to Mat for his hard work. She surprises Mat, but he ends up thanking her for the bread. When Mat asks for her name, she tells him that she can't, as her mother told her to give him the bread and come straight back, though Mat points out that she hasn't followed her mother's instructions, and that his sisters never listen, either. Helga asks where his sisters are, and he tells her that they are safe at home. Helga asks if that means that they are with Mat's parents, and he remains silent, before she offers Mat her doll, Birgitte, to take back for his sisters. Mat tells Helga he can't take her doll, but she tells him that she has many more, and that her doll has "always wanted to see the world."

In the night, Helga and her family are all killed by a Fade who is following Rand and Mat. When Mat flees the Grinwell farm, he looks mournfully over her dead body.[2]


When Mat arrived at the farm, he seemed to appreciate her, and was reminded of his two sisters, Bode and Eldrin Cauthon. He quietly mourned her after she was killed by a Fade.

Physical appearance[]

Helga is a young, blonde girl with fair skin.


Helga appears in the following episodes:

The Wheel of Time appearances 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Season 1 episodes m
Season 2 episodes tbd


Mama sent me. Said to thank you and give you this for all your hard work.

Helga to Mat

Changes from the book series[]

Helga is an original character, but loosely adaptated from Else Grinwell Booklink.svg (book spoilers!) from the book series. Helga was originally named Else, but was later renamed. She is still referred to as "Else" in the official closed captions.

  • Age - Else is a teenager, while Helga is a little girl.
  • Siblings - Else is the eldest daughter of nine Grinwell children. Helga appears to be the only daughter of two siblings.
  • Interaction with the boys - Else, being closer in age to the boys, was interested in Rand and flirted with him. Helga, being much younger, talks with Mat and reminds him of his sisters.
  • Attack - The Grinwells are not attacked in the books.



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