In fairy tales and legends, giants are beings who resemble humans but are much taller and stronger. A female giant is called a giantess.

In Greek mythology, giants or Gigantes fought against Zeus and the Olympians. Giants also played an important role in Norse mythology, where they were called jötnar.



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