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Giants and their Origin[edit]

As to the origin and the Belief in Giants, Megalithic structures and ancient burial mounds have probably played their part in inspiring the myths and legends. Ancient Fossil animals such as Cave Bear and Mastodon bones may have been misinterperated by Native Americans and ancient Greeks as those of great heroes and Vilains. But the most likely scenario is that there were actual tribes and racial stocks of ancient man who stood between 2-3 metres of height. This can be testified even today with racial groups who live in East Africa and South America who commonly attain statures of 6-7 ft. Skeletons of this range and taller have been found all over the world-Many in the United States. Just take a look at the many different news headlines from The New York Times and Washington Post which gained national attention during the 19th and 20th centuries:

WASHINGTON POST HEADLINES:

· AN INDIAN GIANT’S TOMB [Nov 18, 1883]

· A RACE OF GIANTS [Mar 16, 1884]

· THE BONES OF A GIANT [Dec 9, 1887]

· INDIANS SEVEN FEET TALL [Feb 10. 1890]

· WARRIOR SKELETONS UNEARTHED [Dec 21, 1896]

· Dug Up a Skeleton Eight Feet Long [Dec 4, 1898]

· GIANTS IN THOSE DAYS; Monster Skeleton Discovered in the Miami Valley [Dec 25, 1898]

· GIANTS' SKELETONS IN A CAVE [Jun 17, 1899]

· SKELETONS OF DWARFS; Curious Specimens Brought from the Philippines [Dec 31, 1899]

· EARLY AMERICAN GIANTS. ; Reasons for Believing that a Race of 20-footers Lived in Arizona. [Mar 11, 1900]

· WILD SERI CANNIBALS [Jul 18, 1900]

· ISLAND OF MYSTERY [Oct 13, 1901]

· BONES OF GIANT ANCIENTS [Jul 3, 1903]

· Giants’ Graves [Sep 20, 1903]

· Find Horns on Human Skull [Dec 24, 1905]

· OLD TIME GIANTS [Oct 25, 1906]

· GIANT IN ANCIENT MOUND [Jun 23, 1908]

· SOME HISTORIC GIANTS [Aug 17, 1908]

· FIND PREHISTORIC GIANT [Feb 3. 1909]

· SKULL GIVEN MUSEUM [Jan 16, 1910]

· BONES OF STRANGE MEN [May 4, 1912]

· Why Scientists Believe Mythical Monsters Existed [Nov 7, 1915]

· FIND TWO SKELETONS OF PRIMITIVE MEN [Oct 25, 1923]

· Giant Human Skeletons, 12 feet Long, are Found [Jun 22, 1925]

· TRACES OF EARLIEST HUMAN RACE FOUND [Aug 20, 1925]

· PREHISTORIC BONES REVEAL TRAGEDY OF GIANTS' LOST RACE [Nov 20, 1927]

· Town Very Proud Of Skeleton Found [Dec 16, 1928]

· Evidence of Giants Bared by Mounds [Jun 15, 1930]

· 3 Huge Skeletons Of Humans Found [Apr 24, 1932]

· WEIRD GIANTS of a DEAD PAST [May 29, 1932]

· Oklahoma Indian Relics Unearthed; Thigh Bone of 9-Foot Man Found in Mound [Aug 26, 1934]

· Largest Skull Ever Recorded is Discovered By Archeologist in Stafford County, Virginia [Jun 24, 1937]

· Major Finds Grave of Giant Aleutian [Sep 16, 1944]

· Giant's Skeleton Found by Soviets [Oct 30, 1945]

· Mammoth Jaws Hint Existence of Prehistoric Giants [Jul 15, 1946]

· Jaw and Skull of Oldest Man Safe in N.Y. [Sep 21, 1946]

· Prehistoric Find Points to Giant Ape Man [Dec 1, 1948]

· Strange Bones Dug Up [Apr 7, 1949]

· Giant Skeleton [Feb 9, 1972]

THE NEW YORK TIMES HEADLINES:

· SKELETON OF GIANT FOUND [Nov 21, 1856]

· Reported Discovery of a Huge Skeleton [Dec 25, 1868]

· THE EARLY AMERICAN GIANT [Feb 8, 1876]

· THE BEST ITEMS BY MAIL; UTAH MOUNDS REPORTED DISCOVERIES MADE BY RECENT EXCAVATIONS TWO SKELETONS FOUND AND ANCIENT RELICS NEAR THEM [Apr 15 1877]

· BONES OF ALLEGED BROOKLYN GIANTS [Feb 6, 1880]

· TWO VERY TALL SKELETONS [Aug 10, 1880]

· THE BONES OF A GIANT FOUND [May 25, 1882]

· THE GRAVEYARD OF THE GIANTS [Jul 10, 1883]

· THE CARSON FOOTPRINTS [Aug 15, 1883]

· SKELETONS SEVEN FEET LONG [Mar 5, 1885]

· MONSTER SKULLS AND BONES [Apr 5, 1888]

· SKELETONS OF A FORMER RACE [Jun 30, 1888]

· SKELETON OF A BIG INDIAN [Aug 17, 1889]

· A RACE OF INDIAN GIANTS [Feb 9, 1890]

· MOUND BUILDERS' SKELETONS FOUND [Apr 19, 1891]

· MR. JEFFERSON'S CYCLOPS. ; A GIANT SKELETON UNEARTHED AT BUZZARD'S BAY [Jul 5, 1891]

· THE WISCONSIN MOUNDS [Aug 10, 1891]

· IN THE WISCONSIN MOUNDS [Sep 27, 1891]

· A Race of Giants in Old Gaul [Oct 3, 1892]

· GIANTS OF OTHER DAYS [Mar 3, 1894]

· RELICS OF THE ABORIGINES [Aug 12, 1894]

· A TALL SKELETON FOUND NEAR PHOENIX [Mar 22, 1896]

· WISCONSIN MOUND OPENED [Dec 20, 1897]

· GIANT SKELETONS FOUND [Feb 11, 1902]

· UNEARTHING REVOLUTIONARY BONES AT 181st STREET [Jun 22, 1902]

· FIND GIANT INDIANS' BONES [Sep 7, 1904]

· GIANT RACE IN GREENLAND [Dec 19, 1904]

· A NEW RACE OF GIANTS [Dec 25, 1904]

· GIANTS' SKELETONS FOUND [May 4, 1908]

· STRANGE SKELETONS FOUND [May 4, 1912]

· FOUND GIANTS IN CHINA [Jan 27, 1914]

· GIANTS' BONES IN MOUND [Jul 14, 1916]

· Not Human Skulls with Horns [Jul 16, 1916]

· Unearths Skeleton of Indian Giant [Jun 14, 1923]

· OLDEST SKULLS YET FOUND [Oct 28, 1923]

· FIND SKELETON OF GIANT [Mar 17, 1924]

· MUMMIES FOUND IN CAVES [Feb 7, 1925]

· FIND FLORIDA GIANTS' BONES [Feb 15, 1925]

· PUT MAN’S AGE BACK TEN MILLION YEARS [Apr 20, 1925]

· GIANTS' BONES IN MEXICO [Jun 21, 1925]

· GIANTS SURVIVE THE AGE OF FABLE [Jul 12, 1925]

· HEADLESS GIANT BODIES FOUND IN PARIS GRAVES [Aug 7, 1925]

· OLD ROYAL TOMB UNEARTHED IN OHIO [Sep 12, 1925]

· UNEARTH THE BONES OF TEN-FOOT GIANTS [May 14, 1926]

· FIND BONES IN MOUNDS [Feb 21, 1927]

· THE GOBI GIVES US A MONSTER [Sep 2, 1928]

· TAKING THOUGHT ABOUT STATURE [Apr 20, 1929]

· ‘Oldest Human Footprint’ Points to Primitive Giants in Africa [Oct 2, 1929]

· Skeleton of Giant Early Man Reported Unearthed in Mexico [Jun 9, 1930]

· REPORTS FIND OF BONES OF MEN 8 FEET TALL [Dec 2, 1930]

· FIND ANCIENT BONES NEAR PITTSBURGH [Sep 14, 1932]

· EIGHT MT. CARMEL SKELETONS REACH LONDON [Jan 11, 1933]

· INDIAN BURIAL MOUND YIELDS MANY RELICS [Aug 26, 1934]

· Bones of Huge Man Reported [Feb 14, 1936]

· CHILEAN FOSSIL MAN SEEN [Nov 16, 1941]

· HINTS ‘GIANT’ ANCESTORS [Jul 15, 1946]

· GIANT BONES IN RUSSIA [Jan 29, 1947]

· ‘Largest’ Ape Man Found in Africa; Indicated to Top 9-Foot Java Man [Dec 1, 1948]

· IN SEARCH OF EARLY AMERICANS [Mar 26, 1995]

Red hair & double rows of teeth[edit]

I noticed that several of the giant types were described as having red hair and double sets of teeth. Interestingly, red hair and double sets of teeth are also associated with a disease called Hyper-IgE syndrome. (Hyper-IgE syndrome, however, is not normally associated with gigantism). Nortonew 18:55, 13 June 2007 (UTC)

Trolls[edit]

The mentioning of trolls here are ignorant. Troll is simply the traditional name of giants in post-medieaval Scandinavian folklore. In the Norwegian fairy tales collected in the 19th century, trolls are usually depicted as evil, but rather stupid giants. Outside the canonic fairy tales the term has a wider meaning though, and also includes smaller supernormal beings and evil forces of nature (the word might even be used for animal predators in some sources). As an adverb, the word might also point to magic: Tolldom = witchcraft; trollkjerring, -kvinne = female witch; trollkarl, -mann = male witch; trollfolk = people with magic powers. Å trolle = to execute magic; fortrolle = bewitch. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 190.212.42.108 (talk) 22:20, 7 December 2008 (UTC)

Skeleton of Giant[edit]

I don't know where to place this in the article but there has been a hoax roaming the internet about the finding of a giant human skeleton. This has been reported by the National Geographic.--Diaa abdelmoneim (talk) 12:49, 30 September 2009 (UTC) A human skeleton measuring 3.6 meters (12 feet) tall was unearthed at Lompock Rancho, California, in 1833 by soldiers digging in a pit for a powder magazine. The specimen had a double row of teeth and was surrounded by numerous stone axes, carved shells and porphyry blocks with abstruse symbols associated with it. Where is the source evidence ?? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 194.34.223.1 (talk) 15:17, 15 June 2010 (UTC)

Important link[edit]

http://www.hoax-slayer.com/giant-skeleton.html

Above is the website which states that those giant human skeleton pictures are false. It also provides the link of where those pictures were taken from. It was from some online image contest. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 58.111.248.47 (talk) 20:31, 18 July 2010 (UTC)

Should giantesses in fiction be a seperate ategory from giants in fiction?[edit]

I think this is one of those categories like witch that is gender specific. CensoredScribe (talk) 20:52, 5 February 2014 (UTC)