Ogres are mostly portrayed as large and ugly humanoid like creatures. In various types of fantasies, mythologies, fictionworks and folkores they serve a very important role in making the adventures and trials of the hero more exciting, entertaining and interesting. They are often described by many literary works of fiction as creatures that eat humans. Many artworks will depict the ogre or the ogress (term used for female ogre) as a monster with a very big head, plentiful of hair and beard (sometimes bald) and a very big body (sometimes well-built and sometimes fat). Nevertheless, ogres are always depicted as very strong creatures who have a huge appetite. Many visual artworks will picture ogres/ogresses as big monsters who are eating babies or adults.
Ogres In Europe
In the time of Geoffrey of Monmouth he states in history of the British Kings about ogres. Geoffrey says that the previous inhabitants of the land of Britain were ogres. He previously calls Britain as Logres or the land where the ogres live. Studies have speculated that Geoffrey may have pictured out the ogres as Neanderthals who were cannibalistic in nature and are very savage and primal; living on dark caves and looking like gigantic bloated beasts. The word ogre may also have originated from Greek mythology where there is a depiction of a river god giant known as Oiagros. The words Gog and Magog from other mythologies may also be an indication for the origin of the word ogre. In the lengend of Beowulf, there are certain lines that denote the word orcus or orc, which couldíve been the parental word for ogre.
Italian authors during the 14th and 15th century like Giambattista Basile, Fazio degli Uberti and Luigi Pulci also make use of words that are similar to ogre, in their works, they mention of a word uerco or orco. Many people also view the mythological symbolism of the ogre as being taken from inspiration of the horrifying crimes committed by a criminal known as Gilles de Rais. The word ogre became even more popular in the literary works of Charles Perrault, a French writer from the middle parts of the 16th century to the 17th century. In his own version of the popular story of Sleeping Beauty there happens to be a female ogre or ogresse in the cast. Fairy tales from German origins also associate the ogre in their works. They are mostly depicted in this race as cannibalistic creatures or humans that eat both children and adults.
Ogres On Asia And Ogres Today
Ogres are also present in Asian countries. They are mostly famous in the folklores of Japan. Although in their fiction works they are known not by the word ogre, but by the word oni. The oni share similar characteristics and behavior to the ogre in European culture. Nowadays ogres are becoming more and more popular. Even computer generated cartoon movie films like Shrek has an ogre as the protagonist. The ogre depicted in this particular film is a brave hero who even gets to save a damsel in distress and battle dragons and evil counts for an adventure.