Hephaestus

God of Fire, Crafts, and Blacksmiths

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Introduction

  • Hephaestus is the god of fire, crafts, and blacksmiths. He was born lame to Hera, who produced a child on her own as she was jealous of Zeus producing a child on his own (Kathleen).


  • Hera hid Hephaestus for some time in shame, but after her disgust was too much, she threw him off of Mount Olympus and into the ocean.


  • He grew up in a cave by the ocean for the first 9 years of his life, where he learned his skill with fire and black smithing (Daly).


  • Hephaestus was the laughing stock of the gods. He was always made fun of by the rest of the gods on Olympus. That is why his home is in a volcano and away from Mount Olympus and the other Greek gods.

Hephaestus is the Laughing Stock

  • In his anger of his mother, Hera, throwing him off of Mount Olympus, he forged a throne of gold with binding powers so that anyone who sat on the throne would automatically be bound for all of eternity.


  • He sent this to Mount Olympus for Hera who immediately takes a seat atop the throne.


  • As soon as she sits on the throne she is bound to it. The Gods of Olympus tried everything in their power to unbind her but nothing they could do could get her out. They then realized that this must have been the work of Hephaestus.


  • The gods sent Dionysus to go and convince Hephaestus to unbind Hera. He was initially unable to do so, but Dionysus, being the god of wine, got him drunk on his wine and then convinced Hephaestus to come back to Olympus and unbind Hera while he was drunk.


  • Because he was fooled while he was drunk, the gods all looked down upon him and were always making fun of him.

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His Marriage to Aphrodite

  • Hephaestus' father Zeus married him to the most beautiful god on Olympus, Aphrodite... the god of love and beauty (Daly).



  • Aphrodite never wanted to marry Hephaestus as her real love was Ares, the much more attractive god of war (Logan).




  • Because of her uncontrollable love for Ares, she was often found sleeping with Ares. Hephaestus soon found out about this and in his jealousy he devised a plan (Daly).




  • He planned to create an invisible net and put it around the bed of Aphrodite. When they were sleeping together, he would lift the net and capture them tangled together.




  • He went through with his plan and was successful. The only problem was he hadn't completely thought out his idea (Kathleen).




  • He had Ares and Aphrodite caught together and not knowing what to do, he invited all the gods to come see his "catch".




  • The gods came and took one look at the whole fiasco and started laughing at Hephaestus.


  • They all thought that he was a jealous fool who had ashamed his wife in front of everyone for not wanting to sleep with a lame, deformed, and ugly person.

Citations

Daly, Kathleen N. Greek and Roman Mythology A to Z: A Young Reader's Companion. New York: Facts On File, 1992. Print.


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