yeah just before you cross the rope bridge there is an area with a cyclops in it....he's guarding some pine resin. he will drop a ring when you kill him that increases how much your attacks affect poise.
Just lure them up the stairs and to the doorway at the top. They can't get in, so you're free to attack them at your leisure.
That's what I did. Easy win.
I beat a those guys and the ton of turtle knight guys behind the door you can get to after you kill the giant, yet I die (twice) to the hollow with the halberd sitting on the ground and lose 15k souls, which is a ton when you're not even level 20 yet... First time I yelled at the game (and myself)