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A (usually) human like creature but extremely tall and strong.

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How many kinds of giants in Norse mythology?

Besides Frost and Fire Giants, what are the other types of giants? According to Skjalden.com, there are also Sea Giants, Storm Giants, Mountain Giants https://skjalden.com/lesser-known-giants-in-norse-...
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What are Stone Giants in Norse mythology?

I found the name of a stone giant in Norse mythology named Hrungnir who was made out of stone. Are they a type of Jotunn or is this a singular instance? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hrungnir
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Are Gigantes and Gods the same?

They are described as quite different in the myths. For example, the Titans had much power, whilst the Gigantes drew power from their mother, Gaea. So are they the same or different beings?
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Why was Gaia in deep slumber during creation?

In all of Greek mythology, Gaia played an important role: giving birth to the titans and giants, etc. But most of the time she is in a deep slumber in the creation of mythology? Why?
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Is there a kind giant named Hagrid Rubes in Greek mythology?

If you have read Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Joanne Rowling, you see references to Greek/Roman Mythology everywhere. To name a few (or more), Hermione, princess of Sparta ...
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What is the root of ice giants in Germanic mythology?

Does the idea of ice giants stem from glaciers? They are described as both evil and good and I thought that goes back to how glaciers can grow bigger and take your land, but also can become smaller ...
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What connects the Welsh and English Gogmagog with the Hebrew Gog and Magog?

The guardian statues outside London's Guildhall, the building that houses the administration of the Corporation of the City of London, are known as Gog and Magog. Originally they were understood to be ...
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What's the difference between a giant and the "nephilim"?

This picture above is a giant. What exactly is the difference between a "giant" and the Hebrew "nephilim"?
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Could japanese Oni integrate into human civilization?

Is there a case in Japanese mythology of an Oni (Big Ogre from a desolate place) willingly helping people or being a inhabitant of a village? If not why can they not integrate into human society? What ...
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How to reconcile the size differential between giants and non-giants in Norse mythology?

In particular, is there any thinking on how things might work between Loki and Angrboða, who produced significant offspring? I'd also be interested in other examples of giant/non-giant matches. From ...
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When and how did gigantic size become an attribute of the Titans?

The naming of the ship that famously sank on its maiden voyage in 1912, and that of the rocket that lofted the Gemini capsules into orbit, both reflect the common notion that the Titans were gigantic ...
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According to Biblical account, why fallen angels' offspring are giants? Or are they egg-born?

In the epic of Sodom and Gomorrah the angels appeared to Abraham were comely men desired by the citizens there, that is, they appeared as normal humans to the people except they were extraordinarily ...
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How and why are Idunn and Tyr gods?

In the eddic poem Hrafnagaldur Óðins, stanza 6, Idunn is identified as an "elf" (alfar) and the "youngest of the elder children of Ivaldi." This implies that Ivaldi had two sets of children, probably ...
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Why did giants have snake legs?

Why did giants have snake legs? The giants, who were destined by Gaea to kill one divine being (except for Orion) each, has scaly, snakelike legs. It wouldn't seem that they would be any help. Was ...
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According to the Gylfaginning, where do giants live?

I'm reading the Gylfaginning as part of our site's myth of the month challenge, and I noticed the following line: How was the earth fashioned? Made answer Har: The earth is round, and without it ...
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What is Loki considered to be?

I was reading about something and came across the wikipage of Loki. There it says that Loki is a shapeshifter. Loki is a shape shifter and in separate incidents he appears in the form of a salmon, ...
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