Monday, January 16, 2012

Creature of the Week - Ogre

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In French and English folk and fairy tales, Ogres and Ogresses are mythical giants. They have superhuman size and strength, an oversized head, large belly, and long wild hair. In many ways, they are very similar to trolls. Ogres love to eat human flesh, especially children's, hence their common portrayal as monsters in fairy tales.
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They have low intelligence, however, which makes it easy to trick or defeat them. Some ogres are also shapeshifters, and if one is clever enough, they can use this against them. In "Puss in Boots," the cat tricks a shapeshifting ogre to turn into a mouse which the cat pounced on and ate.
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14 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Hey, I think that was my last boyfriend. :D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And they are very standard in D&D!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Stina's so funny. Interesting that they can shapeshift too.

Matthew MacNish said...

I love how these kinds of legends can vary a little or a lot from culture to culture.

SA Larsenッ said...

I didn't know Ogres where shapeshifters. Interesting....

Emily R. King said...

Ogres are one of my favorite mystical creatures. I guess their ugliness is endearing.

Colene Murphy said...

I didn't know that about Ogres being shape shifters either! Cool. And creepy.

tfwalsh said...

These guys are ultra freaky.... Maybe they're just misunderstood?

Cate Masters said...

That's right, I forgot they were shapeshifters. Very cool. :)

LD Masterson said...

Um, Shrek?

Johanna Garth said...

But are ogres and trolls the same thing? The ogres look like Harry Potter troll.

Angela Brown said...

The movie Shrek will have me always looking for the good in the big, beastly, usually quite frightening creatures.

"I'm an ogre! Aaaarrrrggggghhhh!"

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I know a couple of "Human" Ogres.

Yvonne.

Joshua said...

Well thanks for ruining Puss in Boots for me. ;^)