I can't read about Cloud Giants without thinking of "Jack and the Beanstalk", or Balors and Tolkien's Balrog, or Cyclops and Odysseus.
Has anyone compiled a list of 5e monsters and their creative/literary origins?
It's often helpful to RP a monster when you're familiar with the creative well(s) they were drawn from.
[edited] Okay - to limit this to a single creature, let's pick the Stone Giant. Their "dream" worldview is quite unusual and striking. If I needed to roleplay an important Stone Giant NPC at length, from what stories or other sources might I draw inspiration for its personality and story arc? Is this creature derived in any part from mythology? Or fiction? Or fable? Or has it recently been brought to life in some well-developed episode of Critical Role? Or is it truly still just an empty sketch for us to fill out?
[...and if I'm in the wrong forum, don't hesitate to show me the door!]