Hephaestus

THE GOD OF FIRE

Legend of Hephaestus

Hephaestus was the son of Zeus and Hera. He was born with a mental disability and Zeus cast him out for that. Although his mother Hera acepted him, and he became a 'mama's boy' very quickly.

Legend says that Hephaestus was with Zeus and Hera when they got into a big argument. Hephaestus of course took Hera's side. Zeus was so mad that he threw Hephaestus from Mount Olympus and he fell for nine days and nine nights. When he finally hit the ground, he landed on the island of Lemnos. He built his forges in a volcano and lived there for many many years.

After Zeus had thrown Hephaestus down from Olympus, Hephaestus became very unhappy with his father and wanted his mother back. He felt as though his mother had betrayed him. Hephaestus felt it was nessesary to capture Hera and keep her as a hostage in his volcano.

When he finally captured Hera, he knew Zeus wouldn't be very far behind. He thought it was a good chance to make up with his father and be accepted into the family again. When Zeus finally arrived he unhooked Hera and stormed away. Hephaestus was yet again cast out by his father. He started to realize he would never be accepted into Zeus and Hera's family.

Hephaestus: Himself

Hephaestus is known as the god of fire. He was not excepted by his family or society. He was mentaly and physically disabled and acted as if he was someone he was not. Hephaestus was a very successful craftsman; but many people made fun of him for his soot-covered face and his raggedy clothing.

Hephaestus also gained very strong feelings for Athena; the goddess of wisdom. After he was rejected by Athena, he proposed to Aphrodite; the goddess of love and beauty. When she decided to marry him, she then began having affairs with people around the society. When Hephaestus found that information he decided to divorce Aphrodite.

Hephaestus: Quote

“The fact that Hephaestus is mocked for his disability is a reflection of the emphasis the ancient Greeks place on physical perfection.”- Encyclopedia of World Mythology

Hephaestus Project: MLA Citation