For the Love of Giants
|My first crush. Yes, I'm serious.|
Giants in History:
Goliath of Gath
|I have to admit, David's a cheater|
Ogias and The Book of Giants
Poor Ogias is terribly left out of the biblical curriculum. Though Sihon and Og from the Book of Numbers are said to have been his progeny and Gilgamesh and Humbaba were said to have been his friends, no one seems to know about this heroic mammoth. Ogias is the main hero of the Book of Giants, a book written in biblical times that is not part of the typical cannon. How could this astonishing creature have been overlooked? His tale was discovered along with the Book of Enoch as part of the Dead Sea Scrolls and therefore the magnificent story of Ogias' defeating a dragon before the time of the great flood has been left aside for those who are interested in all the apocryphal material never taught in bible studies. According to the Book of Giants, angels who fell took the daughters of men as wives and fathered giants, creatures ranging anywhere from seven to nine feet. The flood, unfortunately, came and wiped them out along with all the other amazing beings of the world apparently.
Conan the Cimmerian
|Conan as drawn by Frazetta|
|Peter Steele and Rautu were separated at birth|
Giants in Fantasy:
|The Roegadyn from FF 14|
|The Bahmi from Rift|
I don't believe that my fascination with giants will ever see its end, whether that is to my credit or to my detriment, I cannot say. My very first crush was Goliath from Gargoyles, and from there everything has always been giants with me, whether giants with wings, swords, loincloths, or otherwise. Rautu, Unghaahi, Otenohi, Leraa, and the Haanta in general, I suppose, are an amalgamation of my love for giants and my desire to have a race of mountainous creatures trudging about in plain sight. Will I live to see such a thing happen? I might, but for now I'm content with the prospect of knowing that there will always be more giant races discover and that there is one for me about which I can write to my heart's content.
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