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Giants

 

(Gigantes), in ancient Greek mythology, monstrous giants born of Gaea, goddess of earth, from drops of the blood of Uranus, god of heaven. Taking pride in their strength, the Giants revolted against the gods of Olympus. Only with the help of the Cyclopes, who forged thunderbolts for Zeus, and of Heracles with his arrows that could not miss were the Olympians able to triumph over the Giants. The battle of the gods against the Giants (Gigantomachy) was a popular theme in classical fine arts. The most striking example is the famous frieze of the altar of Zeus in the city of Pergamum (now in the Classical Collection, Berlin Museum).

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At nightfall we returned to the castle, and very soon in came the giant, and one more of our number was sacrificed.
As they approached the entrance of the port, the giant straddled clear across it, with a foot firmly planted on each headland, and uplifting his club to such a height that its butt-end was hidden in the cloud, he stood in that formidable posture, with the sun gleaming all over his metallic surface.
I killed two giants, I brought away one unicorn, and caught a wild boar, and am I to fear those who are standing outside the room.
replied the giant, making an effort that contorted every muscle of his body - "oh
That he had not rested earlier was due to the fact that he had felt no fatigue, his mind being occupied by thoughts of sorrow and revenge; but now he realized that he was tired, and so he sought a jungle giant that had harbored him upon more than a single other jungle night.
One of these was the proprietor of a giant, and a little lady without legs or arms, who had jogged forward in a van; the other, a silent gentleman who earned his living by showing tricks upon the cards, and who had rather deranged the natural expression of his countenance by putting small leaden lozenges into his eyes and bringing them out at his mouth, which was one of his professional accomplishments.
One morning the Giant was lying awake in bed when he heard some lovely music.
Beyond the gatekeeper he came to a slowly moving line of what to Earthly eyes would have appeared to be conical-nosed, eight-foot projectiles for some giant gun.
In the next instant he realized, from the way the straw crunched between his fingers, that he had captured the non-eatable man, but during that instant of delay Dorothy and Ojo had slipped by the Giant and were out of reach.
A giant Negro lifted her to the pommel of his saddle, and while the raiders searched the bungalow and outhouses for plunder he rode with her beyond the gates and waited the coming of his master.
Rokoff had been in to see and revile and abuse him several times during the afternoon; but he had been able to wring no word of remonstrance or murmur of pain from the lips of the giant captive.
So it was that the awful giant found his single hand helpless to cope with the strength of his foeman, and in a brief instant felt powerful fingers clutching at his throat.