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Oodles of Ogres

Updated on January 15, 2013


This light-hearted lens is devoted to a fearsome fanciful fiend, better known as the Ogre.

Quite frankly, what would Halloween be without a few frightful yet sometimes friendly folk who are likely to scare the pants off unsuspecting humans of any age?

The good news is that you've landed on the right spooktacular spot. The bad news is, you might get the willies just looking at these amusingly awful-looking critters.

On the other hand, if you say nice things about "Lenny the Ogre", he just might pet you, particularly if you're a rabbit or a unicorn!


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Ogres Come in all Shapes & Sizes - But maybe they're no match for dnagerous dragons.

Burt the Big Bopper was keen to bag himself a boisterous beast, until he came upon a very strange sign: "Beware, ye of the dragon's lair, for ye are juicy medium rare."


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Ogres are large, hideous, and ill-behaved creatures that are often portrayed as monsters in fairy tales and classic literature as well as fiction. Known for having a voracious appetite, they are usually depicted with large heads, covered with hair, devouring human flesh like it was their favorite fast-food snack.

Ogres have been around a long time, according to the folks at Wikipedia. It is said that the "fictional 'History of the Kings of Britain' by Geoffrey of Monmouth, were the inhabitants of Britain prior to human settlement. Ogre could possibly derive from the two mythical giants Gog and Magog (or from the Greek river god Oiagros, father of Orpheus)." In fact, ogres can be traced back to 12th century France, where French authors portrayed their arch enemies in England as the Kingdom of Ogres.

Of course, given all the blood-letting that went on in Europe over centuries, it is not surprising that besides the French and English, the Italians couldn't wait to tell their own tales about those hefty, horrible Ogres.

For those who adore collecting all manner of things about grumpy gremlins, outrageous ogres, or terrible trolls, here's a little something to add to your learning library.

Frankly, what would the wicked and wonderful world be without "equal opportunity" monsters? So, it's not surprising that writers would also come up with the idea of a female ogre; the first reference being an "ogress", found in Charles Perrault's version of "Sleeping Beauty", where it is spelled "ogresse". And what's a family of ogres and ogresses without an outrageous offspring referred to as an "ogree" by the Comtesse d' Aulnoy in her story L'Orangier et l' Abeille (1698).

For those who don't give a sweet tweet about the history of horrible critters, they're most likely to have run across these dastardly demons in a ghastly game of "Dungeons and Dragons" (which is popular on Halloween or for that matter any time of year).

And, for those who don't like anything scary or spooktacular -- there's always a gargantuan, green, and grubby ogre named "Shrek" who (with the help of a miniature donkey whom he befriends while living a carefree life in a stinky swamp), manages to transform himself from being a grumpy, mean, and selfish beast into a nice, non-hostile sort of creature who would in well with any modern American family.


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Bigger Bad Beasts

McFarlane's Fantasy Series 1: Legend of the Bladehunters - Ogre (Guard Class)
McFarlane's Fantasy Series 1: Legend of the Bladehunters - Ogre (Guard Class)

Now there's one hunky honcho you don't want to run into on a dark night.

McFarlane's: Warrior of the Zodiac - Taurus
McFarlane's: Warrior of the Zodiac - Taurus

Has great teeth, but would probably not win a beauty contest.


Dastardly Dispositions Are Quite Common Among Ogres and Ogresses - They all suffer regularly from "PMS" - Prickly Monster Syndome

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A monsterous mirthful movie character that's what!

Species: Ogre

Gender: Male

Spouse: (Ogress)


King Harold (father-in-law)

Queen Lillian (mother-in-law)

Arthur Pendragon (cousin by marriage)

Unknown father

Fergus, Farkle and Felicia (ogree - children)

Nationality: Scottish


What's not to like about a grizzly, gruffy, green guy who lives in a swamp, takes advice from a donkey, and falls in love with a hot-looking princess?

Ogres and Onions have what in common? - They're both smelly? ...No Virginia...try again.


Shrek (Fullscreen)
Shrek (Fullscreen)

Recycling folks will love this little gem -- the star is a green gremlin!

Shrek 2 (Widescreen Edition)
Shrek 2 (Widescreen Edition)

Yup, the green guy's back again with oodles of laughs!

Shrek the Third [Blu-ray]
Shrek the Third [Blu-ray]

Well, if you're into smiley-faced spooktacular sagas...this might just fill the bill!

Shrek the Halls
Shrek the Halls

Ooh la la ... just in time for the "Happy Holidays" in December!



The best solution to smelly spooks!

Brent Engstrom, illustrator, has used his creative genius to come up with some pretty wacky if not wicked packaging for a brand-new product that's guaranteed to send those ogres in your life packing!

Destroys ogres on contact!

Better stock up on these hungry horse helpers!


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How well do you know your ogres?


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Shrek Forever After: Swamp Buddies Shrek Figure
Shrek Forever After: Swamp Buddies Shrek Figure

When you're fight'n alligators in the swamp, it's nice to have a buddy along.

Pillow Pets Authentic DreamWorks Shrek, Folding Plush Pillow- Large
Pillow Pets Authentic DreamWorks Shrek, Folding Plush Pillow- Large

Now there's one peculiar pet pillow if ever there was one!

Shrek 2 Talking Shrek Plush
Shrek 2 Talking Shrek Plush

Whad'ya mean you don't like my mug?


A New Generation of Ogres Awaits the World - The real question you want to join them in ruling it?


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The Christmas Ogre could hardly wait -- Santa had finally given him something to do! - To deliver all those big fat lumps of coal to kids on the Naughty List.


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I'm not the brightest crayon in the box but - Ogres don't brush their teeth and they certainly don't hunt Easter Eggs!


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Ogres! Ogres! Ogres!: A Feasting Frenzy from A to Z
Ogres! Ogres! Ogres!: A Feasting Frenzy from A to Z

Ogres are not hungry horses but they do feast on fun by filling their tummies with all the letters of the alphabet.

The Odious Ogre
The Odious Ogre

Well this fine work is fifty-years in the making -- great for younger generation not to mention grown-ups.

Awful Ogre's Awful Day
Awful Ogre's Awful Day

A rather fine funny-bone tickler tale!

Awful Ogre Running Wild
Awful Ogre Running Wild

The Awful Ogre rides again into a world that is irresistibly gross and awesomely awful!

The Ogre's Wife - Fairy Tales for Grownups
The Ogre's Wife - Fairy Tales for Grownups

For grown-ups who love tantalizing tales like the Brothers Grimm -- well worth the read!


PEEK A BOO ... I SEE YOU! - Grrrrigggle Greetings from the Ogre of Christmas Past!


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Comments from Creepy Critter Lovers - Feel free to add your humble opinion or two cents worth about ogres. C'mon don't be shy.

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      3 years ago

      I love Shrek! And your Vonnegut shape of the story is great! I also used paint for drawing the shape of the story but I just need to learn how to use it bteter. I like how in Sherk they include other characters from other known fairy tales. I feel like this is a great way of story telling as well. In Shrek they use digital story telling animation to portray characters from regular story telling fairy tales.

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens - I've got a soft spot in my heart for the big tough guys.

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      7 years ago

      nice lens..i love ogre Sherk

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      7 years ago

      I love creativity and great to have you in squidoo

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      7 years ago

      very cool lens! Thumbs up and an ogre Angel blessing!

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      7 years ago

      Ogre Eaters ... hyesterical!!!

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      7 years ago

      What a fun lens!! I can't wait to have the grand kids over and watch Shrek with them.

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      7 years ago

      This Lens is Ogre-riffic, a nice one just before Halloween!!

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      7 years ago

      Such a cute lens! Great for the upcoming Halloween season.

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      7 years ago

      @catherinelovestv: great idea for a lens love shrek!

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the info!

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      Fcuk Hub 

      7 years ago

      Shrek is the best ogre what I know

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      7 years ago

      How fun! Love your Lens!

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens, I learned a lot about Ogres. Thanks for sharing!

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      7 years ago

      great idea for a lens love shrek!

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      7 years ago

      What an interesting lens, well done :) ..When I played World of Warcraft I was kicking Ogre buts, hehe. In the game they looked hidious and dumb and I think I didn't see any friendly Ogres! :)

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      7 years ago from Cornwall, UK

      What a cool lens. Great to see the the ogre shown as a much overlooked fantasy figure. Thanks it made me smile.

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      7 years ago

      I simply love this lens. It might be for my love of cartoons and animation. :)

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      7 years ago from California

      love it !!!

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      7 years ago

      shrek is genius..all the way

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      7 years ago

      I dressed my dog up like shrek once. Love this lens. Lots of nice details. Cool pumpkin stuff for halloween too. Thanks

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      7 years ago

      Shrek Rocks!

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      7 years ago

      Love the art on this page!

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      7 years ago

      best regards to all the Shrek lovers! Nice lens

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      lasertek lm 

      7 years ago

      The images are not to spooky for me. Still I love the content and how you presented the topic.

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      7 years ago

      Funny! Very entertaining!

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      7 years ago

      Lol love the ogre pictures one of them in particular looks like my partner!! Interesting lens

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      Ken McVay 

      7 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia

      Is there a lonely hearts club for these beasties, or are they doomed to take whatever they can get?

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      7 years ago

      Unusual lens. What an interesting topic these ogres are.

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      Actiongames LM 

      7 years ago

      Fee, Fy, Foe, Fumb!!!!!!!! I smell the blood of an Englishman.

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      7 years ago

      nice lens, had fun on here, gave you a 'thumbs up'!

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      Wendy Leanne 

      7 years ago from Texas

      I had a lot of fun here. =)

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      7 years ago

      Very cool lens, my son would enjoy it. He likes all things fantasy like this.

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      7 years ago

      the images were pretty much nice

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Fun lens on ogres, they're fun anytime, not just for Halloween! Blessed.

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      8 years ago

      I lovemonsters too... nice one!

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      8 years ago

      Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!


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