A-Z Challenge

O is for Ogre (Fairy Tale Spotlight A-Z)

An ogre is a mythologically based  beast that appears in a plethora of fairy tales and folklore from around the world. As far as I can tell there are three general qualifications that define an ogre.  They must be extraordinarily large, hideous in appearance, and  snack on humans. They are often mentioned as eating babies. Yeah, fairy tales! Never a peaceful moment.

Top 10 Ogres in Literature

The ogre in Puss In Boots who was outwitted by a feline.

The ogre in Hop-O-My-Thumb who almost ate 7 siblings.


Bluebeard the serial groom who liked to bake his new brides into pies. Fairy Tale Mood

The Beast from Beauty and the Beast. Painting by Scott Gustafson

Beauty and the Beast

Grendel from Beowolf (700-1,000 AD)  a direct descendent of the biblical Cain.

Polyphemus the cyclops in Homer’s Odyssey is the son of Poseidon.

The Cyclops in Sinbad Legend of the Seven Seas

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The Oni from Japanese folklore.


The Giant from Jack and the Beanstalk.

Jack and the Beanstalk Giant - Project Gutenberg eText 17034.jpg

I smell the blood of an Englishman,
Be he alive, or be he dead,
I’ll grind his bones to make my bread


6 thoughts on “O is for Ogre (Fairy Tale Spotlight A-Z)

    • Thanks. It was fun. Some would argue the Gingerbread Witch from Hansel and Gretel is an ogre. I left her off the list because she slight in size.


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