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Meet the Monsters – Giants

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Meet the Monsters is a web series providing background on the mythological creatures featured in MONSTER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES.

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GIANTS

According to mythology from across the globe, giants are enormous and powerful humanoids.

Per Wikipedia, “In various Indo-European mythologies, gigantic peoples are featured as primeval creatures associated with chaos and the wild nature, and they are frequently in conflict with the gods, be they Olympian, Celtic, Hindu or Norse.

There are also accounts of giants in the Old Testament, most famously Goliath, Og King of Bashan, the Nephilim, the Anakim, and the giants of Egypt mentioned in 1 Chronicles 11:23. Attributed to them are extraordinary strength and physical proportions.

giant01Fairy tales such as “Jack the Giant Killer” have formed the modern perception of giants as stupid and violent monsters, sometimes said to eat humans, especially children (though this is actually a confusion with ogres, which are distinctly cannibalistic). The ogre in “Jack and the Beanstalk” is often described as a giant. In some more recent portrayals, like those of Jonathan Swift and Roald Dahl, some giants are both intelligent and friendly.”

Giants appear in the movies Jack the Giant Slayer and Trollslayer, the game Dungeons & Dragons, and in THE BIBLE, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien, Rick Riordan’s THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS series, HAMMERED by Kevin Hearne, and MONSTER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES by Henry Herz.

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The giants Fafner and Fasolt seize Freyja in Arthur Rackham’s illustration of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.

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David faces Goliath in this 1888 lithograph by Osmar Schindler.

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Hercules faces the giant Antaios in this illustration on a calix krater, c. 515–510 BC.

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King Arthur faces a giant in this engraving by Walter Crane.

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Poseidon (left) holding a trident, with the island Nisyros on his shoulder, battling a Giant (probably Polybotes), red-figure cup c. 500–450 BC

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Gilt-bronze Enceladus by Gaspar Mercy in the Bosquet de l’Encélade in the gardens of Versailles

 

 

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Author: Henry Herz

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