In various Asian and 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.
Fairy tales such as "Jack the Giant Killer" and "Jack and the Beanstalk" have formed the modern perception of giants as stupid and violent monsters, sometimes said to eat humans and/or livestock. In some more recent portrayals, like those of Jonathan Swift and Roald Dahl, some giants are both intelligent and friendly.
The notion of giants may originate from folk memory of early humans' contact with Neanderthals. It could have been compounded by the discovery of incomplete skeletons of dinosaurs, woolly mammoths, and other large extinct animals, which were misinterpreted as exceedingly large human bones.
Giant in The Case of the Toxic Spell DumpEdit
Giant in "The Old Grind"Edit
Giants (with gyger referring exclusively to the female of the species) had a thriving community in the Orkney Islands in the Middle Ages. Menia, who worked as a salt farmer in 910, and her daughter Fenia, were a prime example of these. Orkney giants were not as large or fearsome as the Jotun frost giants of Asgard.
- Ogre, a large folkloric monster which can be indistinguishable from giants in some stories.