Yeah, those guy are always a bitch. Basically, don't try to be a tank. Ever. Imagine yourself as a squishy mage in any other game. If you're building a wizard or cleric character, a very squichy mage. Become friends with roll if you're light enough, and big shield and upgraded armour if not.
-"I'm sophisticated, charming, suave, and debonair, Professor. But I have never claimed to be civilized."