Maximum Damian Morales needs no introduction: we have already discussed other works by him, namely Welsh dragon legend and myths and legends of dragons, both very good in their way. Far from giving up the fantasy literature, here again bringing his hand to other creatures that do not require submission sernos as familiar as the dragons and, like them, come from fairy tales: the ogres. The film Shrek (2001) certainly redefined the concept that we had enough of such things, until then very unfriendly, and yet it may be precisely that image, more benevolent, the closest to the original, as we shall see.Like many other mythical beings, ogres (or equivalent) are present in mythology and folklore of many peoples very different and separate from each other around the globe. We can also find them much more real in areas such as office, but that is, of course, another story. Therefore, before you start shelling their stories, Morales begins the play with a prologue in which we embody the characteristics of the ogre and the way he conceived the various human cultures. Although at first the author attributed shocking traits, he concludes by recognizing some humanity in him, particularly in it, the ogress, if this is correct term used by Morales (I know that tigress and vamp are wrong, but I''m not sure about ogress). The ogre, he says, acts primal instincts many times, just trying to survive. Somehow, reading the descriptions we remember Morales Bigfoot, the Yeti and other anthropomorphic creatures whose reality does not support orthodox science, but cryptozoologists do not get tired of looking. In vain, I might add, but it''s just my opinion of skeptical. Anyway, I think it should be a relationship between the ogre in all its forms and Bigfoot in all his own, and which would seem so similar. And certainly the rough humanity underlying the ogre makes a pronounced difference with the dragon, which is above everything, and with rare exceptions, a monster that the hero must kill.
In these stories now brings Morales, ogres are often killed, but not exactly at the hands of heroes, and often has been said, it''s more of a struggle for survival than an actual malice on the part of the ogre .Morales presents twelve stories of very different origin: The Treasure of the Seven Keys, adaptation and grouting of several similar stories, The wife who did not eat, a native of Baghdad story already included (I think under another name) in a work much lower monsters, beasts and demons, Barlocci Agostino, The order of the ogress, of Italian origin; The troll''s gold, that of obvious Scandinavian origin; The intruder Christmas Eve, Icelandic narrative in which felt the influence of Christianity, The Inn of the ogres, who, though of Arab origin, came to Scandinavia, but the version that is played is the East, The Rapture of the Christian, from Spain, Hunger Winter, taken from a selection of traditional French, Celtic, The Order of the countryside, the Germanic ogre''s head, The order of the old, one of which, curiously, not the provenance is recorded, and closing the anthology, another Italian, The magical cow. Very good all of them, especially if you have not lost their sense of wonder so characteristic of childhood. To enjoy them, then. Ah, the manager of illustrating this time was Pogonza Diego. I will not say that dazzles, but at least defended.