Study Guide

The Fleshlumpeater in The BFG

By Roald Dahl

The Fleshlumpeater

The Fleshlumpeater is one of the mean, non-BFG giants that we see the most often. He’s both gross- and scary-looking:

“When the Fleshlumpeater was speaking, she got a glimpse of his tongue. It was jet black, like a slab of black steak.” (11.36) 

We’re guessing that’s not the kind of steak you drool over in a fancy French restaurant.

The Fleshlumpeater picks on the BFG when he leaves to catch dreams, and actually lifts him up to toss him to the other giants. But what goes around comes around: later that day, the BFG blows him a nightmare when he’s sleeping.

We know that the Fleshlumpeater is one of the most menacing giants, because he’d like to taste the Queen. The only reason he hasn’t tried yet is because he’s scared of the Queen’s guard’s hats getting stuck in his throat “‘Fleshlumpeater is a very careful giant,’ the BFG said.” (15.33) Even big dudes don’t want to choke on fuzzy hats, after all.

The Fleshlumpeater shows up again toward the end of the story. He wakes up when the soldiers are trying to capture him, and almost eats the soldiers. Luckily, Sophie and the BFG trick him into thinking he’s been bitten by a snake and sneak the rope around him while he is distracted.

Good thing he’s so scared of snakes.