In the Epic Poem The Odyssey, supposedly created by Homer, was a story about the tale of Odysseus, the King of Ithaca, is returning home from the long, hard Trojan War when he accidentally angers Posidon, the God of the Sea, who makes his trip difficult.On Odysseus' journey home, he encounters many battles and fierce monsters, and almost loses his life. One of the famous battles was against The Laestrygones, cannibal giants from the north. When Odysseus' fleet encountered the giants at their capital city of Teleplyus, 11 of the 12 ships of Odysseus' fleet.


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Facts About Laestrygonians:
  • They are Cannibal Giants from the north, maybe Norse lands
  • They are ruled by a king and live in a city called Teleplyus
  • They kill and eat any intruders of their land

Now, here is a passage from Odyssey X, where Odysseus encountered the Laestrygonians and barely escapes with his life.Click Here for full version of Oddyssey X (All credit for the Odyssey X passage to www.infoplease.com

"The men when they got on shore followed a level road by which the people draw their firewood from the mountains into the town, till presently they met a young woman who had come outside to fetch water, and who was daughter to a Laestrygonian named Antiphates. She was going to the fountain Artacia from which the people bring in their water, and when my men had come close up to her, they asked her who the king of that country might be, and over what kind of people he ruled; so she directed them to her father's house, but when they got there they found his wife to be a giantess as huge as a mountain, and they were horrified at the sight of her.
"She at once called her husband Antiphates from the place of assembly, and forthwith he set about killing my men. He snatched up one of them, and began to make his dinner off him then and there, whereon the other two ran back to the ships as fast as ever they could. But Antiphates raised a hue-and-cry after them, and thousands of sturdy Laestrygonians sprang up from every quarter--ogres, not men. They threw vast rocks at us from the cliffs as though they had been mere stones, and I heard the horrid sound of the ships crunching up against one another, and the death cries of my men, as the Laestrygonians speared them like fishes and took them home to eat them. While they were thus killing my men within the harbour I drew my sword, cut the cable of my own ship, and told my men to row with all their might if they too would not fare like the rest; so they laid out for their lives, and we were thankful enough when we got into open water out of reach of the rocks they hurled at us. As for the others there was not one of them left."



As you can see, the Laestrygonians were fierce creatures, and created a major problem for Odysseus and his fellow soldiers.



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