An ogre (feminine: "ogress") is a legendary monster usually depicted as a large, hideous, man-like being that eats ordinary human beings, especially infants and children. Ogres frequently feature in mythology, folklore, and fiction throughout the world. They appear in many classic works of literature, and are most often associated in fairy tales and legend with a taste for infants.

In mythology, ogres are often depicted as inhumanly large and tall and having a disproportionately large head, abundant hair, unusually colored skin, a voracious appetite, and a strong body. Ogres are closely linked with giants and with human cannibals in mythology. In both folklore and fiction, giants are often given ogrish traits (such as the giants in "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "Jack the Giant Killer", the Giant Despair in The Pilgrim's Progress, and the jötnar of Norse mythology); while ogres may be given giantish traits.

Famous examples of ogres in folklore include the ogre in "Puss in Boots" and the ogre in "Hop-o'-My-Thumb". Other characters sometimes described as ogres include the title character from "Bluebeard", the Beast from Beauty and the Beast, Humbaba from the Epic of Gilgamesh, Grendel from Beowulf, the Cyclops Polyphemus from Homer's Odyssey, the related cyclops in the tales of Sinbad the Sailor, and the oni of Japanese folklore.

Puss in Boots before the ogre. One of the platters on the table serves human babies (illustrated by Gustave Doré).


Le Chat face à l'ogre
Puss in Boots before the ogre (illustrated by Walter Crane).

The word ogre is of French origin, originally derived from the Etruscan god Orcus, who fed on human flesh. Its earliest attestation is in Chrétien de Troyes' late 12th-century verse romance Perceval, li contes del graal, which contains the lines:

Et s'est escrit que il ert ancore

que toz li reaumes de Logres,
qui jadis fu la terre as ogres,
ert destruite par cele lance.

"And it is written that he will come again,
to all the realms of Logres,
known as the land of ogres,
and destroy them with that lance."

The ogres in this rhyme may refer to the ogres who were, in the pseudohistorical work History of the Kings of Britain by Geoffrey of Monmouth, the inhabitants of Britain prior to human settlement. The Italian author Giambattista Basile (1575–1632) used the related Neapolitan word uerco, or in standard Italian, orco in some of his tales. This word is documented[1] in earlier Italian works (Fazio degli Uberti, 14th century; Luigi Pulci, 15th century; Ludovico Ariosto, 15th–16th centuries) and has even older cognates with the Latin orcus and the Old English orcnēas found in Beowulf lines 112–113, which inspired J.R.R. Tolkien's Orc.[2] All these words may derive from a shared Indo-European mythological concept (as Tolkien himself speculated, as cited by Tom Shippey, The Road to Middle-earth, 45). The Dictionary of the Academy of France alternatively states that the name is derived from the word Hongrois, which means Hungarian, as of western cultures referred to Hungarians as a kind of monstrosity.[3] Ogre could possibly also derive from the biblical Og, last of the giants (or from the Greek river god Oiagros, father of Orpheus).

The word ogre came into wider usage in the works of Charles Perrault (1628–1703) or Marie-Catherine Jumelle de Berneville, Comtesse d' Aulnoy (1650–1705), both of whom were French authors. The first appearance of the word ogre in Perrault's work occurred in his Histoires ou Contes du temps Passé (1696). It later appeared in several of his other fairy tales, many of which were based on the Neapolitan tales of Basile. The first example of a female ogre being referred to as an ogress is found in his version of Sleeping Beauty, where it is spelled ogresse. Madame d'Aulnoy first employed the word ogre in her story L'Orangier et l'Abeille (1698), and was the first to use the word ogree to refer to the creature's offspring.

Fairy tales that feature ogres

Hop-o'-My-Thumb steals the ogre's seven-league boots (illustrated by Gustave Doré, 1862).

Ogres in popular culture

  • Ogres appear as antagonists in the 2018 video game God of War, despite not being traditionally associated with Norse mythology.
  • Ogres exist as a major faction in Warhammer Fantasy Battle and its successor Warhammer: Age of Sigmar as well as in Warhammer 40,000, except they're named Ogryns.
  • Shrek is the eponymous ogre protagonist in the Shrek series of comedy films. Shrek engages in typical ogre behaviors like washing in mud and eating insects, but otherwise isn't monstrous, and only feigns nastiness and claims to eat people as a way to deter trespassers in his swamp, which is the backbone of the first movie's plot. This is only due to years of being mistreated by humans simply for the fact he is an ogre and not because he did anything. Ogres in the Shrek series are portrayed as having about the same intelligence levels as humans and are not much different than humans aside from appearance and rather disgusting habits.
  • An ogre named Mulgarath is the main antagonist in The Spiderwick Chronicles, wherein the shapeshifting ability from the Puss in Boots story is shared by all ogres.
  • Ogres are units for the Orc faction in Warlords Battlecry video games.
  • Ogres are a barbaric race in the Warcraft franchise. One of its main characters, Rexxar, is a half-orc/half-ogre.
  • Ogres are enemies in The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, and The Elder Scrolls Online.
  • Ogres make an appearance as shock troops and pillagers from Mount Gundabad in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
  • Ogres are a race in the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game.
  • Ogres are the monsters in Creepy issue #2 story "Ogre's Castle".
  • Ogrest from the Dofus / Wakfu-Games / Anime. Created accidentally through alchemy, he became one of the Major antagonists of the game. Due to his love being spurned he is constantly mourning atop the mountain he calls his home, his tears regulary flooding the surrounding realms in an Event known as 'Chaos of Ogrest'
  • Ogres is a name for one of the playable classes in the Changeling: The Lost roleplaying game.


In illustration


Gustave Doré (1832–1883): Bluebeard, woodcut from an 1862 edition of Histoires ou contes du temps passé


Gustave Doré: Illustration for Le Petit Poucet, 1862


Gustave Doré: Illustration for Le Petit Poucet, 1862


Alexander Zick (1845–1907): Illustration for Der kleine Däumling

Der kleine Daumling (2)

The ogre and his wife, illustration for Hop-o'-My-Thumb from a late-19th-century German fairy tale book

Anne Anderson05

Anne Anderson (1874–1952): Illustration for Beauty and the Beast

Oni in pilgrim's clothing

An oni in pilgrim's clothing

Kyosai Oni in priest's robes

Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831–1889): An oni in wandering Buddhist priest's robes, 1864

Oni pelted by beans

Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849): An oni being chased away by scattered beans, detail of a print

In sculpture

Ogre king at Mandalay Hill

An ogre king represented at Mandalay Hill, Myanmar

Sanda Muhki, Mandalay Hill, Myanmar

The ogress Sanda Muhki represented at Mandalay Hill


A Japanese oni


An oni in Beppu, Kyushu

See also

Media related to Ogre at Wikimedia Commons


  • Rose, Carol. Giants, Monsters, & Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2001. ISBN 0-393-32211-4
  • Shippey, Tom. The Road to Middle-earth. London: HarperCollins, 1992 (rev.). ISBN 0-261-10275-3
  • South, Malcolm, ed. Mythical and Fabulous Creatures: A Source Book and Research Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1987. Reprint, New York: Peter Bedrick Books, 1988. ISBN 0-87226-208-1
  • Kathrine Mary Briggs The Fairies in Tradition and Literature
  • "Ogre." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2006. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 15 May 2006, search.eb.com


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