Mythological Creatures: Cyclopes

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The Cyclopes were a great foe found often in Greek mythology. They were huge beings that had one eye in the middle of their face - rather than two eyes like a human. It is thought that the cyclopes were actually the sons and daughters of the mighty Titan gods and goddess - specifically Gaia and Uranus. They were very tall and also very strong. They were often placed as obstacles for heroes to come over in their journeys. Although they are strong, they are not thought to be very intelligent...

They are known to eat humans as they have a craving for the fresh flesh of the young and desire maidens to eat. They were scary to look at and even scarier to interact with. These creatures have a variety of tribes they are associated with and they are spread out all over the realm of the humans. Some of these cyclopes were not considered to be dangerous, as they kept to their own peaceful and farming ways. Cyclopes are also often associated with different weather patterns and nature - most commonly strong weathers - such as storms, thunder and strong winds. One of the most famous cyclops goes by the name of Polyphemus. He was one of the leaders of his people, however in an encounter with the traveling hero Odysseus, Polyphemus is tricked and Odysseus blinds the cyclops. In other parts of Greek mythology, the cyclopes are used by the gods to create weapons - this is specifically for the king of all gods, Zeus - who has his lightning bolts crafted by the storm cyclops. These creatures are rarely found in other mythologies and are often compared to giants. The cyclopes were originally imprisoned because they wrecked havoc on the lands since they had no orders to do anything else - they did what came naturally to them as large and powerful creatures.