Man. This elegant little biped has long been valued as a delicacy. It forms a traditional part of the Autumn Feast, and is served between the fish and the joint. Each Man——
C. S. Lewis ~ The Silver Chair
Humans are edible! They are not only edible, but they are apparently delicious, according to the Giants’ Cookbook. It’s amazing really how many creatures like nothing better than the taste of Man.
In addition to giants, trolls and orcs also like a bit (or rather, bite) of humans. Dinosaurs and dragons, vampires and zombies, lions, tigers, and bears (oh, my!) all savor their pound of human flesh. Cliff-ghasts and giant worms just can’t get enough of it. With all these worldly and otherworldly predators—(oh, yeah, add Aliens and Predators to the list)—wanting to take a human to lunch, it’s astonishing that the species has not been eaten into extinction. Instead they keep breeding at an exponential rate.
In 1798, Thomas Malthus published An Essay on the Principle of Population as It Affects the Future Improvement of Society, with Remarks on the Speculations of Mr. Godwin, Mr. Condorcet, and other Writers, in which he stated that the human population will always outrun the food supply, unless checked by birth control, famine, war, and disease. He did not take into account all the creatures with teeth that like to eat humans.
That humans are not extinct is perhaps evidence that vampires, trolls, orcs, dragons, cliff-ghasts, aliens, predators, and dinosaurs have read Malthus’ essay. Perhaps they are wisely managing their food supply, with only occasional raids on humans. A pint of blood here, a left brain there, here a limb, there an organ, all taken with restraint, ensures that no one runs out of food. However, it works only if everybody cooperates and doesn’t take more than their fair share of humans. Someone needs to tell that to the zombies!