I’ve seen and heard a lot of references to how powerful the giants are in Skyrim (e.g. Penny Arcade), so my challenge as soon as I get the game is to go and kill one. I’m sure that if I maxed out my character I could just kill the giant in a fight, but I want to do it as early as possible. Are there any perks or spells which giants are particularly susceptible to? Any particular race I should choose? Any other tricks that would make the task easier?
Giants can’t jump.
For this method, race doesn’t really matter.
Make sure you have enough arrows with you. It takes about 50 steel arrows to kill a Giant, you might want to take at least 75 steel arrows with you to make up for missed arrows or slightly stronger Giants. You can farm steel arrows for free in Solitude.
Find a high enough ledge / rock to stand on in the perimeter of the Giant.
Keep firing arrows at him, make sure that you dodge his attacks if the rock is rather small.
Here is a video demonstrating how this is done, it might be considered a nasty glitch though:
Giants might be slower than you.
For this method, races that give you higher running speed and/or stamina have influence in the succes. You might also want to make sure you don’t carry much with you as Weight has an influence on your running speed.
In about any game where your opponent is slower than you, you can kill the opponent by kiting it. In Skyrim, ALT allows you to sprint. You might be able to use a combination of sprinting backwards and firing arrows at the Giant for a long time (it takes longer in between shots than the other method), perhaps using potions to fill your Stamina. The problem with this method is that you might run into other opponents or against a wall, you might want to first inspect the direction in which you will run…