God of fire and smithing
How It All Began
While this picture does not show it, Hephaestus is lame. Lame means unable to walk. He was a mighty forger and a master craftsmen. He is not particularly well liked and doesn't have a dad in most stories. Some of his greatest achievements include; being the only ugly god, being the only god with a disability, and being the only god that is not physically perfect (Hansen)
In the stories by Hesiod Hephaestus was born parthenogenically to Hera. This means that he was born without male fertilization. Hera had a child by her own because she was mad at Zeus for doing so himself. (Leadbetter) However, in the versions of stories by Homer, Zeus was Hephaestus's father and Hephaestus was not born parthenogenically. Hera didn't like that he was deformed, so she flung him off of Olympus. (Jordan) As you can see Hephaestus was loved greatly by his mother.
The odyssey tells us that Aphrodite was the wife of Hephaestus, while other versions of the story say his wife was many different people. However, in the versions that show Aphrodite as his wife she is said to be an unfaithful wife. She is supposedly having an affair with Ares, the god of war. When Hephaestus finds out about this he creates a trap to catch them in the act. Upon catching them he takes them in a metal net and shows them to the other gods, expecting them to mock the two, when in fact the opposite happens, the gods mock him instead. (Leadbetter)
God of Smithing
Regular Family Tree
This picture shows what Hephaestus's family tree would have looked like in stories that have him being conceived by Zeus and Hera together.
Pathogenic Family Tree
This particular picture shows what the family tree of Hephaestus would have looked like, but this is only for the versions in which he was born parthenogenically.
Regular Family Tree
Hephaestus, the Poor, Unfortunate Soul
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