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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
(5) Giants of Mythology.
 
       
AC’AMAS. One of the Cyclops. (Greek fable.)
ADAMAS’TOR (q.v.).
ÆGÆ’ON, the hundred-handed. One of the Titans. (Greek fable.)
AG’RIOS. One of the Titans. He was killed by the Parcæ. (Greek fable.)
ALCYONEUS [Al’-si-o-nuce], or AL’CION. Jupiter sent Herculs against him for stealing some of the Sun’s oxen. But Herculs could not do anything, for immediately the giant touched the earth he received fresh strength. (See below, ANTÆOS.) At length Pallas carried him beyond the moon. His seven daughters were metamorphosed into halcyons. (Argonautic Expedition, i. 6.)
AL’GEBAR’. The giant Ori’on is so called by the Arabs.
ALIFAN’FARON or ALIPHAR’NON (q.v.).
ALO’EOS. Son of Poseidon Canc. Each of his two sons was 27 cubits high. (Greek fable.)
AM’ERANT. A cruel giant slain by Guy of Warwick. (Percy: Reliques.)
ANGOULAFFRE (q.v.). (See below 21 feet.)
ANTÆ’OS (q.v.; see above, ALCYONEUS). (See below, 105 feet.)
ARGES (2 syl.). One of the Cyclops. (Greek fable.)
AS’CAPART (q.v.).
ATLAS (q.v.).
BALAN (q.v.).
BELLE (1 syl.) (q.v.).
BELLE’RUS (q.v.).
BLUNDERBORE (3 syl.) (q.v.).
BRIAR’EOS or BRI’AREUS (3 syl.) (q.v.).
BROBDINGNAG (q.v.).
BRONTES (2 syl.) (q.v.).
BURLOND (q.v.).
CA’COS or CACUS (q.v.).
CALIG’ORANT (q.v.).
CAR’ACULIAM’BO. The giant that Don Quixote intended should kneel at the feet of Dulcin’ea. (Cervantes: Don Quixote.)
CARUS. In the Seven Champions.
CHALBROTH. The stem of all the giant race. (Rabelais: Pantagruel).
CHRISTOPH’ERUS. (See CHRISTOPHER, St.)
CLYT’IOS (q.v.).
CŒOS. Son of Heaven and Earth. He married Phœb, and was the father of Latna. (Greek fable.)
COLBRAND. (See COLBRONDE.)
CORFLAM’BO (q.v.).
CORMORAN (q.v.)
CORMORANT. A giant discomfited by Sir Brian. (Spenser: Faërie Queene, vi. 4.)
COTTAS (q.v.).
COULIN (q.v.).
CYCLOPS (The) (q.v.).
DESPAIR (q.v.).
DONDASCH (q.v.).
ENCEL’ADOS (q.v.).
EPHLALTES (4 syl.) (q.v.).
ERIX (q.v.).
EU’RYTOS. One of the giants that made war with the gods. Bacchus killed him with his thyrsus. (Greek fable.)
FERREGUS, slain by Orgando, was 28 feet in height.
FER’RACUTE (3 syl.) (q.v.).
FER’RAGUS (q.v.).
FIERABRAS [Fe-a-r-brah] (q.v.).
FION (q.v.).
FIOR’GWYN, the father of Frigga (Scandinavian mythology).
FRACASSUS (q.v.).
GAL’BARA. Father of Goliah of Secondille (3 syl.), and inventor of the custom of drinking healths. (Duchat: Œuvres de Rabelais. 1711.)
GALAPAS. The giant slain by King Arthur. (Sir T. Malory: History of Prince Arthur.)
GALLIGANTUS (q.v.).
GARAGANTUA (q.v.).
GARGANTUA (q.v.).
GARIAN. In the Seven Champions.
GEMMAGOG (q.v.).
GERYON’EO (q.v.).
GIRALDA (q.v.).
GODMER (q.v.).
GOEMOT or GOEMAGOT (q.v.).
GOG’MAGOG. King of the giant race of Albion; slain by Cori’neus.
GRANGOUSIER. The giant king of Utopia, father of Gargantua. (Rabelais: Gargantua.)
GRANTORTO (q.v.).
GRIM (q.v.).
GRUMBO (q.v.).
GUY OF WARWICK (q.v.).
GYGES (2 syl.). One of the Titans. He had fifty heads and a hundred hands. (Greek fable.)
HAP’MOUCHE (2 syl.) (q.v.).
HIPPOL’YTOS. One of the giants who made war with the gods. He was killed by Hermês. (Greek fable.)
HRASVELG (q.v.).
HRIMTHURSAR (q.v.).
HURTALI (q.v.).
INDRACIT’TRAN (q.v.).
IRUS (q.v.).
JOTUN. The giant of Jötunheim or Giant-land. (Scandinavian mythology.)
JULIANCE. A giant of Arthurian romance.
JUNNER (q.v.).
KIFRI. The giant of atheism and infidelity.
KOTTOS. One of the Titans. He had a hundred hands. (See BRIAREOS.) (Greek fable.)
MALAMBRU’NO (q.v.).
MARGUTTE (q.v.).
MAUGYS (q.v.).
MAUL (q.v.).
MONT-ROGNON (q.v.).
MORGANTE (3 syl.) (q.v.).
MUGILLO. A giant famous for his mace with six balls.
OFF’ERUS (q.v.).
OGIAS (q.v.).
ORGOGLIO (q.v.).
ORI’ON (q.v.). (See below, 80 1/2 feet.)
OTOS (q.v.).
PALLAS (q.v.).
PANTAG’RUEL (q.v.).
PHIDON. In the Seven Champions.
POLYBO’TES (4 syl.) (q.v.).
POL’YPHE’MUS or POLYPHEME (3 syl.) (q.v.).
PORPHYR’ION (q.v.).
PYRAC’MON. One of the Cyclops. (Greek fable.)
RAPHSARUS. In the Seven Champions.
RITHO (q.v.).
RITHO. The giant who commanded King Arthur to send him his beard to complete the lining of a robe. In the Arthurian romance.
SKRYMIR. (See DRAUGHT OF THOR, p. 380.)
SLAY-GOOD (q.v.).
STER’OPES (3 syl.). One of the Cyclops. (Greek fable.)
TARTARO. The Cyclops of Basque mythology.
TEUTOBOCH’US (King), (See below, 30 feet.)
THAON. One of the giants who made war with the gods. He was killed by the Parcæ. (Greek fable.)
TITANS (The) (q.v.).
TIT’YOS (q.v.).
TREYEAGLE (q.v.).
TYPHŒUS (q.v.).
TYPHON (q.v.).
WIDENOSTRILS (q.v.).
YOHAK. The giant guardian of the caves of Babylon. (Southey: Thalaba, book v.)
Of these giants the following are noteworthy:   1
       
19 feet in height: A skeleton discovered at Lucerne in 1577. Dr. Plater is our authority for this measurement.
21 feet in height: Angoulaffre of the Broken Teeth, was 12 cubits in height. (A cubit was 21 inches.)
30 feet in height: Teutobochus, whose remains were discovered near the Rhone in 1613. They occupied a tomb 30 feet long. The bones of another gigantic skeleton were exposed by the action of the Rhone in 1456. If this was a human skeleton, the height of the living man must have been 30 feet.
80 1/2 feet in height: Orion, according to Pliny, was 46 cubits in height.
105 feet in height: Antæos is said by Plutarch to have been 60 cubits in height. He furthermore adds that the grave of the giant was opened by Serbonos.
300 feet in height: The “monster Polypheine.” It is said that his skeleton was discovered at Trapa’ni, in Sicily, in the fourteenth century. If this skeleton was that of a man, he must have been 300 feet in height.
 


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