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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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But, being the son of Mother Earth, as they likewise were, the Giant gave them his brotherly kindness, and loved them with as big a love as it was possible to feel for creatures so very small.
The Giant's life being as long as his body was large, while the lifetime of a Pygmy was but a span, this friendly intercourse had been going on for innumerable generations and ages.
The road led him up a mountain, and when he had reached the highest point of it, there sat a powerful giant looking peacefully about him.
'Oh, indeed?' answered the little tailor, and unbuttoned his coat, and showed the giant the girdle, 'there may you read what kind of a man I am!' The giant read: 'Seven at one stroke,' and thought that they had been men whom the tailor had killed, and began to feel a little respect for the tiny fellow.
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.
'How's the Giant?' said Short, when they all sat smoking round the fire.
The giant slept the eternal sleep, in the sepulcher which God had built about him to his measure.
The Autumn gave golden fruit to every garden, but to the Giant's garden she gave none.
Their hearts beat a little faster than usual as they again approached the Giant's cave, this time moving swiftly forward.
Our idea was that if, when the sun rose, we saw nothing of the giant, and no longer heard his howls, which still came faintly through the darkness, growing more and more distant, we should conclude that he was dead, and that we might safely stay upon the island and need not risk our lives upon the frail rafts.
Either the wooden horse was careless, or it failed to properly time the descent of the hammer, for the mighty weapon caught it squarely upon its head, and thumped it against the ground so powerfully that the private flew off its back high into the air, and landed upon one of the giant's cast-iron arms.
He saw the white giant standing silently looking down upon the old man.