Meaning of Ogre

What is Ogre:

Ogre is called those imaginary or fantastic creatures with humanoid features that are characterized by being giants, unpleasant-looking, moody, that feed on human flesh, especially children.

The term ogre is also used to refer to those people who stand out for having a strong character, badly faced and whose social relationships are scarce because of their personality.

The word ogre, for various experts, has an uncertain origin. However, it is considered, after various etymological analyzes, that the word derives from the French ogre, which was used to name a mythological being, which arose from the Latin orcus.

For its part, in Italian, the word ogre is orc, also derived from Latin orcus, with which the god of the underworld and the dead, Hades or Pluto, was designated. It is said that the first author to use the word orc in his texts it was Giambattista Basile.

However, it should be mentioned that the existence or mention of ogres was conceived in the cultural traditions of northern Europe.

Hence, there are also authors who consider that the word ogre arose from the ancient language of the groups of Celtic communities that used the word ogry to refer to supernatural and evil beings.

On the other hand, in the Scandinavian countries ogres were not referred to by this name, on the contrary, ogres were called trolls, which are gigantic and monstrous beings that appear in children's stories or fiction.

Ogre in mythology

Ogres in myths, legends, fairy tales or fantastic are characterized by being large humanoid beings, approximately three meters tall, green, gray or purple skin color, hairy, with warts and have a particular smell which is disgusting.

They also lack intelligence, therefore, despite their powerful body strength, they are usually easy to attack and defeat.

In these stories, the ogres are those evil characters who live alone or in small groups, either in large castles or in dark, damp and hidden caves deep in the woods.

They can be classified into three types: common ogres (in fantasy stories), oriental ogres (they use magic) and water ogres (they are the most aggressive of all).

Generally speaking, ogres are tasked with kidnapping beautiful princesses, children, elves, and dwarves. In some cases, to eat them and, in others, to have them as slaves or servants.

The first recognized authors to highlight the figure of the ogre in their texts were Charles Perrault, a French writer famous for his stories "Thumbelina", "Puss in Boots", "Sleeping Beauty", among others, who also included the figure of a ogra.

Also noteworthy is the Italian author Giambattista Basile for his text "Tales of mother goose."

In Japanese, Scandinavian, Pygmy, and even tribal accounts of North American Indians, ogres are also referred to as grotesque, large, ferocious beings who liked to eat human flesh, especially as children.

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