Giants in History, Myth, and Legend
In fossil in the 1930's deposits found around Bathurst from a depth of 6 feet
below the surface a fossil lower back molae tooth was found. The owner would
have been at least 25 ft. tall. Also found were huge stone artifacts -- clubs,
pounders, adzes, chisels, knives and hand axes all of tremendous weight,
scattered over a wide area weighing from 8 to 25 pounds, implements which only
men of tremendous proportions could possibly have made and used. Estimates for
the actual size of these men range from 10 to 12 feet tall and over, weighing
from 500 to 600 lbs.
At Gympie, Queensland, a large fragment of the back portion of a jaw which still
possessed the hollow for a missing lower back molar tooth was discovered. The
owner of the tooth would have stood at 10 feet tall.
In the Megalong Valley in the Blue Mountains NSW, a depression found in
ironstone protruding from a creek bank was the deeply impressed print of a large
human-like foot. This footprint measures 7 inches across the toes. Had the
footprint been complete it would have been at least 2 feet in length,
appropriate to a 12 foot human. The largest footprint found on the Blue
Mountains must have belonged to a man 20 feet tall!
A set of 3 huge footprints was discovered near Mulgoa, south of Penrith, N.S.W.
The prints, each measuring 2 ft 7 inches across the toes, are 6 ft. apart,
indicating the stride of the 12 ft. giant who left them.
Noel Reeves found near Kempsey, N.S.W. monstrous footprints were discovered in
sandstone beds on the Upper Macleay River. One print shows toe 4 inches long and
the total toe-span is 10 inches suggesting that the owner of the print may have
been 17 feet tall.
Aborigine themselves admit in their ancient folklore that this land was
inhabited by several groups of men, as well as giants, before they settled here.
Aymon, a member of the Archduke Ferdinand's bodyguard, reportedly stood eleven
feet tall. For many years a carved wooden likeness of this giant was preserved
in the Castle of Ambras in the Tyrol Alpines.
In 113 B.C., Rome dispatched an army to check the migration of three hundred
thousand Cimbri and Teutone warriors, plus their women and children who followed
them in leather-covered wagons. Led by Papirius Carbo, the Roman legionnaires
engaged these German giants in battle at Noreia in Styria and were annihilated
An Austrian named Josef Winkelmaier was exhibited in London on January 10,1887
who claimed a height of eight feet nine inches.
In his Annals of Bavaria, Aventine writes that a giant named ∆notherus, who
threw down whole battalions like mowing grass, fought on the Emperor
Charlemagne's side. The huge warrior hailed from Turgan, near the Lake of
In his Origines Antwerpianoe, 1569, and De Gigantomachia, royal physician
Johannes Goropius Becanus reports that a youth almost nine feet tall and a woman
about ten feet tall lived near his home in Flanders.
In 1936, two
French archaeologists, Lebeuf and Griaule, on an expedition to Chad in North
Central Africa, dug up several egg-shaped funeral jars that contained the
remains of a gigantic race, along with pieces of their jewelry and their works
of art.1 The giants, according to the natives, were called the Saos.
of Captain George Shelvock's 1719 voyage: "M. Frezier gives us an account that
the Indians inhabiting the continent to the south of this island (the island of
Chiloe, which lies off the coast of Chile, about lat. 42 S. and long. about 72 W
of London) are called Chronos, that they go quite naked, and that in the inland
part there is a race of men of an extraordinary size, called Cacabues, who,
being in amity with the Chronos, have sometimes come with them to the dwellings
of the Spaniards at Chiloe. He adds, that he was credibly informed by several
who had been eye witnesses, that some were about nine or ten feet high.
in whose land archaeologists have found some of the earliest skeletal remains of
giants, insist they once had among them some men as much as fifteen feet tall.
Melchior Nunnez, in his letters from India, vouches for the fact that China grew
some giants to that tremendous size. He "speaks of porters who guarded the gates
of Peking who were of that immense height; and in a letter dated in 1555, he
avers that the emperor of that country entertained and fed five hundred of such
men for archers of his guard." George Hakewill, in his Apologie, 1627, issues a
Chang Woo Gow
The Chinese giant Chang Woo Gow showed himself in England in 1865 at the old
Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly. A courtly gentleman and able scholar, he was
invited to visit the Prince and Princess of Wales. He stood eight feet two
inches. He was not the tallest in his family, however, for one sister measured
eight feet four inches.
Purchaas, in his Pilgrimes, 1625, says that while he was in China he saw a man
who "was cloathed with a tyger's skin, the hayre outward, his armes, head, and
legges bare, with a rude pole in his hand; well-shaped, seeming ten palmes or
spans long, his hayre hanging on his shoulders."
Cornwall was known as the Land of the
Giants. The Cornish giants
were a six-toed, six-fingered race, some known to be gentle.
and his blind wife Cormelian lived on St Michael's Mount.
Holiburn of Carn Galva protected the people of Morvah and Zennor.
Denbras lived in the Towednack hills.
Myen du lived at Maen Castle near Land's End.
Dynas, a deaf and dumb giant Treryn, lived in the stronghold of
Bolster lived in Beacon.
Jack the Tinkeard
or Jack of the Hammer, perhaps the original giant-killer, found his
By the time the Cornish giant Antony Payne reached his twenty-first birthday he
already stood seven feet two inches. After his father, a tenant farmer at
Stratton, "attached" him to the house of Sir Beville Granville of Stowe, his
landlord, Tony grew two more inches. For all his size and bulk, the witty Payne
showed no signs of clumsiness, but awed everyone with his dexterity and very
quick reflexes. They also say he had the brains to match the brawn that had
thrust him into the role of a mighty man.
While working in a new tin mine at Tregoney-on-Fal, in Cornwall, reports the
Annual Register for 1761, a miner discovered a stone coffin on which some
unrecognizable characters were inscribed. Inside the ancient
eleven-foot-three-inch casket he saw the gigantic skeleton of a man, which, when
exposed to the air, crumbled to dust-except for one tooth, which measured two
and one-half inches in length.