Hephaestus

God of fire and smithing

How It All Began

In most traditions Hephaestus is the son of Hera alone, with some still considering Zeus to be his dad even though he was conceived parthenogenically. (Leadbetter). Hephaestus was born with deformed legs and was lamed to the point of only walking with intense aid by either his mother throwing him from Olympus or Zeus throwing him from Olympus on different occasions. (Pontikis)

God of Smithing

Hephaestus was the god of smithing but he was also a master craftsman. He is said to have crafted many things for many gods and humans. Some of his most famous work would have to be the shield of Achilles. (Jordan) While he used his skill for good most of the time, he did get revenge on his mother with a golden throne. Unhappy because she threw him from Olympus, Hephaestus fashioned a golden throne with an inescapable trap concealed in it. When Hera sat down she was trapped, and none of the gods could free her. Eventually, Dionysus got Hephaestus drunk and took the key to unlock Hera. (Hansen) Because he was so good at making things, Hephaestus also made palaces for the gods to have. (Leadbetter)

Hephaestus, the Poor, Unfortunate Soul

Hephaestus was not particularly liked when he young. Many unfortunate things happened to Hephaestus including but not limited to: Being thrown off of Olympus by his mother because she thought he looked repulsive,(Jordan) being lame, being rejected by Athena (Leadbetter) , having an unfaithful wife, getting laughed at by other gods for various purposes, being the only ugly god ever, being thrown off of Olympus by Zeus, having to live in hiding for nine years, and not having a dad. (Hansen)

Works Cited

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