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300. Giantism (See also Tallness.)

  1. Albion son of Neptune and ancestor of England. [Br. Lit.: Faerie Queene ]
  2. Alcyoneus one of the Titans. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 17]
  3. Aloeidae name given to twins Otus and Ephialtes. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 17]
  4. Anakim race of tall men routed by Joshua. [O.T.: Numbers 13:3233]
  5. Antaeus colossal wrestler slain by Hercules. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 38]
  6. Antigonus giant nicknamed the Hand-Tosser. [Belgian Legend: Walsh Classical, 25]
  7. Ascapart thirty feet tall; defeated by Sir Bevis. [Medieval Romance: Walsh Classical, 34]
  8. Atlas Titan condemned to support world on his shoulders. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Handbook, 13]
  9. Babe, the Blue Ox Paul Bunyans gigantic animal-of-all-work. [Am. Folklore: Spiller, 720]
  10. Balan strong and courageous colossus. [Span. Lit.: Amadis de Gaul ]
  11. Balor Formorian giant with evil eye. [Irish Myth.: Benét, 76]
  12. Beaver, Tony equals mythical exploits of Paul Bunyan. [Am. Lit.: Up Eel River ]
  13. Bellerus a Cornish giant. [Br. Lit.: Brewer Handbook, 108]
  14. Blunderbore nursery tale giant killed by Jack. [Br. Lit.: Brewer Dictionary, 128]
  15. Brobdingnag country of people twelve times the size of men. [Br. Lit.: Gullivers Travels ]
  16. Bunyan, Paul legendary lumberjack who accomplished prodigious feats. [Am. Folklore: Brewer Dictionary, 163]
  17. Cardiff giant a gypsum statue passed off as a petrified prehistoric man till revealed as a hoax (1869). [Am. Hist.: EB (1963 ), 9: 533 ]
  18. Clytius son of Uranus and Gaea. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 64]
  19. Colossos a gigantic brazen statue 126 ft. high executed by Chares for the harbor at Rhodes. [Gk. Hist.: Brewer Handbook, 226]
  20. Cormoran nursery tale giant felled by Jack. [Br. Lit.: Brewer Dictionary, 262]
  21. Cyclopes race of one-eyed, gigantic men. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey ; Arab. Lit.: Arabian Nights, Sindbad the Sailor, Third Voyage]
  22. Egil giant who watched over Thors goats. [Norse Myth.: LLEI, I: 327]
  23. Enceladus powerful giant whose hisses cause volcanic eruptions. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 88]
  24. Ephialtes and Otus nine fathoms tall; threatened to battle Olympian gods. [Gk. Myth.: Leach, 39; Gk. Lit.: Iliad ]
  25. Ferragus the Portuguese giant who took the empress Bellisant under his care. [Br. Lit.: Valentine and Orson in Brewer Handbook, 364]
  26. Foawr stone-throwing slaughterer of cattle. [Br. Folklore: Briggs, 178]
  27. Galapos giant slain by King Arthur. [Br. Lit.: History of Arthur, Brewer Handbook, 400]
  28. Gargantua royal giant who required 17,913 cows for personal milk supply. [Fr. Lit.: Gargantua and Pantagruel ]
  29. Glumdalca, Queen captive giantess in love with Tom. [Br. Lit.: Tom Thumb ]
  30. Gog and Magog two Cornish giants taken captive by Brutus, legendary founder of Britain. [Br. Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 471]
  31. Goliath towering Philistine giant slain by youthful David. [O.T.: I Samuel 17:4951]
  32. Jack-in-Irons gigantic figure that attacks lonely wayfarers. [Br. Folklore: Briggs, 237]
  33. Jolly Green Giant trademark comes alive in animated commercials. [Am. Advertising: Misc.]
  34. Jotunn race of giants frequently in conflict with gods. [Norse Myth.: Leach, 559]
  35. King Kong giant ape brought to New York as eighth wonder of world. [Am. Cinema: Payton, 367]
  36. Long Meg of Westminster ; 16th-century giantess. [Br. Hist.: Espy, 337]
  37. Lubbard Fiend brownie of gigantic size. [Br. Folklore: Briggs, 270272]
  38. Miller, Maximilian Christopher the Saxon giant. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Handbook, 706]
  39. Mimir gigantic god of primeval ocean. [Norse Myth.: Leach, 728]
  40. Morgante ferocious giant converted to Christianity. [Ital. Lit.: Morgante Maggiore, Wheeler, 248]
  41. Nephilim race dwelling in Canaan before Israelites. [O.T.: Genesis 6:4]
  42. Og giant who attacked Israelites. [O.T.: Deuteronomy 3:2]
  43. Orgoglio a hideous giant, as tall as three men; son- of Earth and Wind. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Handbook, 780]
  44. Orion colossus of great beauty and hunting skill. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 271]
  45. Pantagruel gigantic, virtuous king who needed 4,600 cows to nurse him. [Fr. Lit.: Gargantua and Pantagruel ]
  46. Polyphemus cruel monster; one of the Cyclopes. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey ; Rom. Lit.: Aeneid ]
  47. Titans lawless children of Uranus and Gaea. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 1086]
  48. Tityus son of Zeus; body covered nine acres. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 368]
  49. Typhon fire-breathing colossus. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 373]
  50. Utgard residence of colossi. [Norse Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 1120]
  51. Ymir father of the giant race. [Norse Myth.: Wheeler, 395]