A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 8: Fantasy Squad – Giants

GWhat springs to mind when you see the word giant? Do you imagine the ground shaking, buildings falling, boulders flying – all to the back drop of ‘Fe-fi-fo-fum?’ Do you perhaps envisage the collector and dispenser of dreams, that loveable character created by Roald Dahl – the Big Friendly Giant? Or maybe, it’s a jolly ‘ho ho ho’ as you remember the corn-loving, children-friendly, Green Giant! And of course we can’t forget the giant alien robot – The Iron Giant.

The modern perception of giants seems to be that they are violent, and stupid creatures, who like to pick their teeth with the bones of children. Okay, so I might be exaggerating a little, but giants don’t have a particularly good rep; chaotic and wild seem to be synonymous with the giants in mythology.

They play a large role in mythology, whether that’s Celtic, Abrahamic, Greek, Roman, Hindu, Norse or other cultural traditions. Examples can be found in The Bible, with such stories as David and Goliath. One of my favourite Greek myths is the belief that the giants were buried beneath mountains and were responsible for volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

The Iron Giant by MatthewRHumphreys Cartoons & Comics / Digital Media / Cartoons / Drawings©2011-2015 MatthewRHumphreys

In media, giants appear in Marvel comics, Doctor Who, Dungeons and Dragons and in a variety of films and television programmes. Hagrid from the Harry Potter series is half-giant and half-human. Tolkien mentioned giants, though only fleetingly, and Oscar Wilde wrote the Selfish Giant.

I’m not sure how giants would fit into a fantasy squad. Whatever their personality, and regardless of whether they have a temper, their strength and versatility would make them an excellent comrade in battle. Kind of like the Hulk, and who wouldn’t want Hulk on their team. I’m going to stop there, before I start obsessing about the big guy!

Do you have a favourite giant, or story about a giant? I look forward to reading your thoughts.

Until next time. Thanks for stopping by.


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39 thoughts on “A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 8: Fantasy Squad – Giants

  1. Charles Yallowitz says:

    Giants would be the shock troops and damage sponges. Not much can really hurt them, but I’m thinking large building-sized here. I guess a reason they get used as monsters so often is because they make for a difficult and deadly challenge. A human-sized hero can’t have a quick duel with someone that can finger flick them into the next kingdom. There’s always more planning and outwitting when fighting a giant. Be curious to see how a heroic giant would work as a main character.

    1. mbarkersimpson says:

      I like that – finger flick into the next kingdom! You’re right about the challenge they present, but how cool to have a heroic giant. That said, it doesn’t have the same ring to it…picking their enemy up and gently depositing them in the next kingdom!

      1. Charles Yallowitz says:

        Reminds me of the giant robot genre actually. To make it interesting, your opponents need to be of the same scale. If not in size then in power like a speedster or something made of mist.

      2. Charles Yallowitz says:

        I keep forgetting about that one. I think I’m more interested in the possibility of a Wonder Woman movie and the eventual Deadpool movie. Kind of surprised I haven’t been flooded with Avengers 2 stuff on TV and my FB page.

      3. mbarkersimpson says:

        Age of Ultron is marked on my calendar! It comes out on the 23rd here. I’m so excited! This Friday, Daredevil will be on Netfix and that should be a lot of fun. I’ll be reviewing it 🙂

      4. Charles Yallowitz says:

        Don’t have Netflix and I know it would spell the end of my writing career if I did get my hands on it. Too much temptation and I’m weak. 🙂 The wife and I will need to negotiate a movie time with our babysitters. Fingers crossed that we can see it before all our friends post spoilers across Facebook. Though I get a feeling that I know approximately what happens.

      5. mbarkersimpson says:

        Yeah – the trailers are quite explicit. And I totally understand the danger of distractions when trying to write. This A to Z isn’t helping! I hope you manage to get a babysitter. My daughters are pretty cool for teenagers – they’ll be coming with me!

      6. Charles Yallowitz says:

        Our babysitters are my parents, but we live with them. So we don’t have the ‘you barely see your grandson’ thing. It’s why we only go to matinees on holidays and birthdays.

  2. S. R. Carrillo says:

    Gargoyles! I am not good at participating in this fantasy squad with you ahhaha. I did like the Iron Giant, though. I remember it being a sad movie. The song was amazing – by which I of course mean “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath.

  3. callummclaughlin says:

    I like the sound of that Greek myth. It reminds me of the trolls in Iceland, which they used to believe were responsible for earthquakes and so on. Icelanders LOVE their mythology. In fact, they still build roads around rocks that they believe are home to elves rather than disturb them, which I think is adorable.

      1. callummclaughlin says:

        The rich mythology there was definitely one of my favourite things about the country. I picked up a book of Icelandic folk and fairy tales in one of their many great bookshops, so I’ll hopefully be reading that soon 🙂

  4. Jacqui Murray says:

    Twere I to pick a favorite giant, it would be that sleeping beauty under the volcano. I love how earliest humans tried to explain nature with rules they understood. Well written, Melissa.

  5. NotAPunkRocker says:

    The Iron Giant is a movie that even my teenage son will admit makes him cry. *sniffle* just thinking about it…

  6. Alex Hurst says:

    Love the Iron Giant, though I never really considered him a giant… just a robot. A really cool one. My first experience with giants was Jolly Green, and then after that, I sort of imagined Colossus from X-Men as the Giant. Also, Clifford the Big Red Dog! Talk about big and cumbersome. XD

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