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A one-eyed Giant
Although the definitions of the Cyclops differ, they are usually hairy and big, almost always eat people, and always have a single eye. In Greek mythology, as common to most other definitions, Cyclopes were giants with one enormous eye in the middle of the forehead. According to Hesiod (a Greek poet) the three sons of Uranus and Gaea (Father Heaven and Mother Earth) were Cyclopes. Their names were Arges, Brontes, and Steropes. The three Cyclopes were thrown into the underworld by their brother Cronus, a Titan, after he took Uranus' throne. But Zeus, Cronus' son, released the three brothers. In gratitude they gave him power over thunder and lightning, with which he defeated Cronus and the Titans and became lord of the universe. Homer defines cyclopes as fearless Sicilian shepherds who were lawless, savage, and cannibalistic. In the Odyssey the Greek hero Odysseus escapes from a cave by blinding the Cyclops Polyphemus, son of Pseidon, god of the sea.
Taken from: http://library.thinkquest.org/C003239/creaturesindex.html
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