The Lordship of Duloc is a city around an enormous palace in the Shrek Universe. In the first film, its citizens live under a strict dictatorship commanded by Lord Farquaad, who spends his short existence trying to make the city artificially perfect, with symmetrical planning and rigid rules for the townspeople to follow. He further plans to transform it into a kingdom by marrying Princess Fiona, but ultimately fails after being eaten by Dragon.
In Scared Shrekless, the city seems to have been abandoned and in ruin.
History and overview
Duloc is situated on the edge of a giant cornfield. Surrounded by high walls, it is accessible via turnstiles at the entrance parking lot. Beyond the gates, there are many Germanic-styled white houses with blue details, and many shops with pink flowers and green trees. One gift shop sold nothing but Lord Farquaad souvenirs.
Towering over the city is the Duloc Castle, where the Lord lived, but other notable buildings include the Cathedral and Courtyard/Area. Prior to Lord Farquaad's plan to become a king, a large number of magical creatures used to live in Duloc together with the normal townspeople, but they were then banished to Shrek's Swamp much to Shrek's anger.
In the Halloween special, "Scared Shrekless", the Lordship seems to have be abandoned after Lord Farquaad was defeated by Shrek and eaten by the Dragon. It is depicted as a dark and creepy ghost town while the cornfield and vegetation (including trees and sunflowers) surrounding the town died. It is unclear where Duloc's townspeople went after it's supposed abandonment.
Duloc Information Booth
In Scared Shrekless, a Halloween version of the booth appears, with creepy wooden dolls singing a frightening parody of the song.
Government system: Lordship (de jure); Dictatorship (de facto)
Ruler: Lord or Lady (can become King or Queen by marrying a Princess or Prince)
Most recent known Lord: Farquaad
Former rulers: Pea (disinherited)
Duloc is a Lordship ruled by a Lord or Lady, who can directly be crowned King or Queen if they were to marry a Prince or Princess. When Lord Farquaad ruled Duloc, he was a totalitarian dictator.
The following is a list of named characters known to live, or have lived, in Duloc at some point.
- Before the first film
- Pea (deceased)
- Before the banishing
- During the first film
- Duloc carries many parodical references to theme parks such as Disneyland, and to totalitarian dystopias where citizens follow strict rules to maintain a "perfect" order.
- In a development plot for the first film, Fiona would be born ogre to the King and Queen of Duloc. They would lock her in the tower during her childhood, but would eventually die, leaving the throne to the ambitious Farquaad.
- In another, possibly connected plotline, Farquaad planned to transform Duloc into a giant shopping mall, and that's because he would banish all magic creatures from there.