Ogre It is a notion that comes from French ogre and that refers to a be mythological , similar in appearance to human being . The tradition of the ogres was forged in various cultures Northern European
In the stories of the writer Robert E. Howard, famous especially for "Solomon Kane" and "Conan the barbarian", the possibility is explored that the myth of the ogres was born from the sighting of Neanderthals who had survived longer than expected.
Generally, ogres were described as creatures of great size and brutal behavior . It has been written that the ogres kidnapped children and ate them. Despite their danger, they were considered beings of low intelligence, which allowed them to be defeated with relative ease.
Tradition indicates that ogres kidnap princesses and take them to hard-to-reach places, such as their castles or caves In recent years, however, other models of ogres began to be proposed, far from classical vision.
The most representative ogre of the new times is Shrek , which first appeared in a children's book of 1990 and arrived at the cinema in 2001 . This creature She is sullen and sullen, but she has good feelings. Therefore, it moves away from the evil and bloodthirsty ogres of antiquity.
Other of the most important ogres of the fiction Current are in:
* the Digimon cartoon series, where they are often referenced and there is a character called Ogremon;
* the book "A chameleon spell" ("A Spell For Chameleon"), by the English writer Piers Anthony, where the ogre is a very strong and low-intelligence beast that lives in the Land of Xanth and communicates through rhymes;
* the books of Dragonlance, a series of novels written by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis, among other authors, belonging to the epic fantasy genre, who describe ogres as humanoid beings who work for the gods of darkness and are very cruel;
* "The Spiderwick Chronicles", a series of children's books by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, where the figure of the ogre has such an important role that he has become the main antagonist of one of them;
* "Warcraft", one of the sagas of video game Most important in the world. Warcraft ogres are large humanoids, usually very large and can have one or two heads. In Draenor, one of the worlds of this universe, are the orcs, their close relatives and with whom they usually ally.
In the city of Bern, the capital of Switzerland, there is one of the most spooky sculptures in the world: an ogre holding three children with one arm while devouring another without mercy. It is located in the center of a source Very photographed, although not so easy to find for tourists. Its construction took place in 1546, which makes it one of the oldest sources in the city. There are several theories about its meaning; one of them tells that he represents the elder brother of the founder of Bern, who faced an attack of jealousy over the fortune of the latter kidnapped and ate dozens of Bernese people.
It is possible to use the notion of ogre symbolically, based on its traditional meaning. In this way, the human being who has problems to socialize or to integrate into social groups , or that exhibits behaviors far from the customs and norms accepted by the community . For example: “My boss is an ogre, he is always in a bad mood”, “Could you chew with your mouth shut? You look like an ogre. ”, "I thought the math teacher was an ogre, although over time I began to love him".