VII GIANTS

GIANTS

It is a matter of some difficulty to distinguish the fairy-tale giant from the giant of legend. The legendary giants are often those responsible for some topographical detail of the landscape, some hill, mound, or rock. Sometimes rocks or land formations are supposed to be petrified giants, or objects dropped by giants. It is on those grounds that “The Origin of the Wrekin” has slipped into this section, though it might be considered to have plot enough to qualify as a fairy-tale. It is difficult to believe that these tales were ever told as more than playful guesses at the origin of certain natural features, or of place-names, as in the story of the giant Bel.

This is a small section because the giant myths fail to qualify ...

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