|Also Known as||Thunderel |
|Appeared in||Series 4|
Thunderdell is monster # 98, part of Super Scary Series 4. The monster is depicted as a two-headed ogre, and has a points value of 100. The figure was available in glow-in-the-darkgreen and yellow multicolored figures, and also as a solid coloured, neon-green cereal premium.
Legend of ThunderdellEdit
Thunderdell, also Thunderel, Thunderdale or Thunderbore, was a two-headed giant or ogre of Cornwall slain by Jack the Giant-Killer in the stories of Tabart and others. The tales of Tabart describe him as having two-heads. In some tellings, he is also sited as the giant killed by Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk. In this story, Jack climbs the magical beanstalk and burgles the house of the man-eating giant, who enjoys shouting "Fee-fi-fo-fum! 'I smell the blood of an Englishman! 'Be he 'live, or be he dead, 'I'll grind his bones to make my bread!"
The giant is killed as he chases Jack down the beanstalk after Jack, who cuts the stalk down, leading the giant to fall and break his neck(s). There have been several stage and film adaptations of this story; Brian Henson's 2001 TV miniseries Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story is a notable alternative version of the tale which abandons Tabart's additions and significantly vilifies Jack, due to Henson's disgust with Jack's morally questionable actions in the original story. Thunderdell is given as the giant's name in this story.
Jeff Rovin's The Encyclopedia of Monsters (New York: Facts on File, 1989) misspells Thunderdell as "Thunderel", and after describing him, proceeds to tell the basic story of Jack and the Beanstalk with no further mention of "Thunderel", despite being the title of the entry. He then refers readers to Cormoran, the first giant slain by Jack in Jack the Giant-Killer, who was, in some accounts, Thunderdell's uncle.
The second or third giant killed by Jack is traditionally Blunderbore, followed by his brother Rebecks. Blunderbore is also sometimes sited as the giant killed in Jack and the Beanstalk, and his name has become frequently misused to refer to both Thunderdell and Cormoran. Indeed, the origin of the name Thunderbore is likely a mixing of Thunderdell and Blunderbore, and it seems that the giants' names have been used interchangably.
The final giant killed was the terrible Galligantus.