Giants in ancient Britain
Gogmagog – also Goemagot, Goemagog or Gogmagoc – was a legendary giant in British folklore. According to the 12th Century Historia Regum Britanniae (“The History of The Kings of Britain”) byGeoffrey of Monmouth, Gogmagog was a giant inhabitant of Albion, and was thrown off a cliff during a wrestling match with Corineus who was a companion of Brutus of Troy.
The name “Gogmagog” is often connected to the biblical characters Gog and Magog; however Manley Pope, author of an 1862 English translation of the Welsh chronicle Brut y Brenhinedd (itself a translation of Monmouth’s “Historia Regum Britanniae”) argued that it was a corruption of Gawr Madoc (Madoc the Great).
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