Long ago, as revealed in "The Ballad of Farquaad", Duloc once had a Princess named Pea, but soon Pea met a Dwarf of lower status named Grumpy. Pea and Grumpy fell in love, and soon were married. However, Pea, because of her marriage to a dwarf, was disinherited of her title as Princess of Duloc.
Pea and Grumpy later had a son, that they named Farquaad.
Pea couldn't sleep bcause of a lumpy mattress, so Grumpy stacked 25 mattresses on top of one another to ease his wife's sleeping. Unfortunately, Pea fell from the top of the very high bed too her death. From then on Grumpy raised Farquaad until he was kicked out of the house because he was 28 years old and living in the basement. It is assumed that Farquaad later claimed his title by birth right: Lord of Duloc. His newfound position turned the former monarchy into a totalitarian dictatorship; a dystopian community/rising theme park yearning for pure perfection.
As Lord of Duloc, Farquaad had a strong distaste for magical beings, calling them "Fairy tale creatures", and had them all exiled to Shrek's swamp so he could make Duloc a "Perfect Place".
Farquaad wanted to have the title of 'King of Duloc', but the only way of having the title, was to marry a Princess. After seeing three legible Princesses, he unknowingly of her curse, chose Fiona. To have her rescued from a tower, he held a tournament for his knights to fight, the winner of the tournament, would have the honor of rescuing Fiona from her tower. However, a ogre named Shrek, originally coming to Duloc to see about the fairy tale creature problem in his swamp, ends up fighting off the knights and winning the chance to rescue Fiona.
When Shrek returned to Duloc with Fiona, they secretly fell for each other, but Shrek overheard her conversation with Donkey about her curse, and thought it an insult about him being a "ugly" ogre, so he brought Farquaad over to her and Farquaad proposed marriage, and Fiona accepted, but only if they could get married before sunset.
Moments after their marrige, Farquaad found out about Fiona's curse and he immediately called the guards and planned on locking her up in the tower again and killing Shrek. However, Dragon ended up devouring him, killing him once and for all.
In the video game Shrek: Reekin’ Havoc, Thelonius was made the new king after his death. However, this was only represented in that particular game. In Shrek 4-D, Duloc was only seen in the attraction's pre-show and queue, having been virtually untouched after Farquaad's demise. Way later, once the ghost of Lord Farquaad was returned to the Underworld, the entire kingdom was left abandoned with no civilians or rulers in sight. It's said that his ghost still haunts the Duloc castle to this day.
The ruler of Duloc is a Lord, but the Lord can become a King by marring a Princess. Other citizens who were born in Duloc are called "Dulocians". Though not referred to as such in the film, production notes and the filmmakers' commentary label them with that title.
Known Royal Members
- Lord Farquaad (former Lord and King) (marries Fiona and became King briefly).
- Princess Fiona (brief Queen) (wife of Farquaad until he is killed).
- Thelonious (brief King) (in Shrek: Reekin' Havoc only)
- In the original screenplay for the first Shrek film, Duloc was the original home of Fiona.
- In the filmmakers' commentary for Shrek, Shrek's parents were going to be immigrants from Scotland moving to Duloc. This would reveal that Shrek was a "second-generation Dulocian" having been conceived in the civilization.