A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 17: Fantasy Squad – Ogres

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I can’t help it, when I think of ogres, I think of Shrek, and I have DreamWorks to thank for that, or at least the writers! So I’m going to move away from the movie, otherwise this post will turn into something else entirely!

Ogres are often confused with trolls and giants. They certainly overlap in folklore. I think they’re pretty fascinating, though I say that about most mythical creatures. What can I say, I enjoy mythology (yes, yes, especially Greek!)

As I began writing this, and thinking about how ogres are represented, it occurred to me that the dwarves (if Tolkien can do it…let’s not start that debate again) I created in The Contract, are more like ogres than the usual interpretation of dwarves. But let’s move on before this post turns into something else entirely (wait…didn’t I already use that line?)

Ogre by JuanCharles Digital Art / Drawings & Paintings / FantasyΒ©2012-2015 JuanCharles
Ogre by JuanCharles
Digital Art / Drawings & Paintings / FantasyΒ©2012-2015 JuanCharles

So, anyway, the general consensus seems to be that ogres are large creatures, solidly built and pretty strong. An excellent addition to the team, I’m sure you’ll agree. They have been used to instil fear in children, which refers to the darker side of the myth (mainly that they munch on small bones). I prefer to think of them as somewhat reclusive, with or without an annoying donkey as a side-kick! Going back to children for a moment, or children’s literature to be exact. As Shrek demonstrates, there is an abundance of children’s tales in which ogres kidnap princesses and basically scare villages.

Ogres appear in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia; Piers Anthony’s Xanth series, and Ruth Manning-Sanders’ A Book of Ogres and Trolls. They appear in popular fantasy role-playing and video games like, Dungeons and Dragons; RuneScape; Final Fantasy, and Warhammer Fantasy. Ogres also play a part in many horror movies, and though I’m a fan of the horror genre, I can’t think of a single one! Feel free to help me out.

I’m going to divert from my usual list and open the topic up for discussion. What is your favourite ogre story? Do you have any sources to share? Let’s talk ogres!

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

Mel

 

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17 thoughts on “A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 17: Fantasy Squad – Ogres

  1. I also can’t help but think of Shrek, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing πŸ˜‰ I like the idea of them being somewhat reclusive as well… only eating little children when disturbed πŸ˜‰

  2. The only ogre story that I know of is Shrek. Though I keep forgetting that the creature in Harry Potter 1 is a troll and not an ogre. You’re right that those two overlap a lot. Anyway, ogres were a favorite monster in the D&D games that I used to play. They were the orc replacement once the players became too strong for that creature. Sadly, it was always a meeting with a dumb, strong, angry beast that usually had a club. This might be why I found trolls and orcs more interesting. Need to use ogres more often in my own books actually.

      1. I introduced them in Book 5, but nothing more than a monster. They have some potential for changing, but I made them rather territorial. Cunning too. I think I put them in the typical role that orcs sit in as the ‘smart monster’. This means they can talk and think, which always opens the path for one or two non-monster ogres.

  3. I think of Orcs, really good book series by Morgan Howell – Queen of the Orcs, think beyond Lord of The Rings. 😊 although Shrek is great too!

  4. I also can’t help but think of Shrek, though I really felt like the trolls in LOTR and Harry Potter always looked more… ogre-ish. πŸ˜›

    1. That’s a good point – the two do seem interchangeable. I like to think ogres are friendlier, but maybe that’s Shrek again! Sarcastic and bad tempered – you could have a lot of fun with that!

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