Monday, 16 December 2019

Laestrygonians

The Laestrygonians are a tribe of man-eating giants from ancient Greek mythology. Odysseus visited them during his journey back home to Ithaca. ​Odysseus had departed the battlefield of Troy with his twelve ships intact, and with the help of Aeolus had even managed to come within sight of Ithaca. The greed of his own men though, had seen disaster fall, as his ships were blown back to the realm of Aeolus. Odysseus's men rowed for six days and nights until they reached landfall.
Eleven of Odysseus's twelve ships anchored there. Odysseus kept his ship outside the harbor. With no idea where they were, Odysseus sent out three of his men to scout. The giants ate them. They destroyed eleven of his twelve ships by launching rocks from high cliffs. Odysseus's ship was not destroyed as it was hidden in a cove.

The eleven ships perished with their crews, and only his vessel and crew survived. It is with this one ship that Odysseus put in to the island of Aeaea, having lost his whole army. Later Greeks believed that the Laestrygonians, as well as the Cyclopes, were to blame.
The Laestrygonians were said to be eight-foot-tall cannibal giants with heavily tattooed arms. They had yellow pointed teeth. Under their clothing is leather armor and they carry iron clubs.