Engywook is a gnome who lives with his wife, Urgl, near the Southern Oracle. Engywook has spent his life studying the Southern Oracle and her three gates though he has never entered any of them. Engywook has an observatory where he can observe the Sphinxes of the Riddle Gate, in chapter 5 he shows them to Atreyu, who has to lie on his stomach in order to look through the telescope.
Engywook wears a carved root for a hat, brown robes made from withered leaves, similar to a monk’s habit and large eyeglasses. His features are described as being sharper and more anxious than Urgl’s.