Unlike others I’m showcasing, this monster is a specifically named one. Similar to Polyphemus from ‘The Odyssey’, Gogmagog is a giant from mythology. He is found within Welsh and later English mythology. So, who is he?
Gogmagog was one of the last giants who lived on the island of Albion. He led the others against Brutus and the Trojans who were invading. He was the strongest and most ferocious of his tribe, but was still captured. A Trojan named Corineus wrestled Gogmagog and threw him off a cliff and into the sea. The place has been named after the giant. All of this is similar to Hercules defeating Antaeus, who he lifted off the ground to cut him off from his power source. Of course, Gogmagog was simply lifted by this man and hurled into the ocean.
There are other versions, including one where Gogmagog isn’t one creature. Instead, he’s two giants named Gog and Magog, which may be connected to the identically named figures in the Old Testament. (Quickly, these were either Gog the man who came from Magog or two figures that the Messiah would have to defeat.) Now, the Roman Emperor Diocletian had thirty-three wicked daughters who murdered their husbands and were sent out to sea. They washed up on the island of Albion where they mated with demons to give birth a race of giants. Gog and Magog were two of these descendants and are considered the guardians of London.
Oddly enough, Gogmagog does return after getting thrown into the sea. William the Conqueror stopped at a hill now called Dinas Bran. Ruins at the top were called Castle Bran. In this tale, Gogmagog was struck in the foot and fell into the ocean where he died before being possessed by an evil spirit. He prevented the Britons from settling the area and destroyed Castle Bran when it was built. So, what happened next?
Payn Peveral, a knight of William, went to spend the night in the castle along with fifteen of his men. A storm started and only Payn remained standing while everyone else was cowering. As he prayed and held his cross, the darkness turned into Gogmagog and attacked with a club. Payn got out of the way and attacked. The cross symbol on his shield kept Gogmagog at bay while he was attacked. Eventually, he told his story to the knight and said how he gave his soul over to Beelzebub. The giant was defeated and his body was thrown into a pit, but his club was kept as evidence.
So, that’s a general overview of Gogmagog. There was a lot to sift through, so feel free to add anything you may know in the comments.