Hephaestus Aetnaeus

Levert Y., Nicholas W., Henry A., Chelsea S., Steven C., Skyyla S.
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Background:
Hephaestus was a Greek god whose Roman equivalent was Vulcan. He is the son of Zeus and Hera, the King and Queen of the Gods or (according to some accounts) of Hera alone, they say he was parthenogenesis (conceived without male fertilization). When he was born some say that Hera threw him off mount Olympus, because he was weak and crippled. In Greek God's eyes weakness was greatly frowned upon . He was the god of technology, blacksmiths, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metals, metallurgy, fire, and volcanoes. Like other mythic smiths but unlike other gods, Hephaestus was also known for having been lame as well, which gave him a grotesque appearance in Greek eyes. He served as the blacksmith of the gods, and he was worshiped in the manufacturing and industrial centers of Greece, particularly in Athens. The center of his cult was in Lemnos. Hephaestus's symbols are a smith's hammer, an vill and a pair of tongs, although sometimes he is portrayed holding an axe. Here are some known realtives of Hephaestus Demeter and Hestia were his aunts while Chiron, Poseidon, Hades were his uncles.Aphrodite was his first wife or others say his half sister but Aglaea is his second wife.Hephaestus i one son, his name was Cupid.he had on brother named Ares but four half brothers Apollo, Dionysus, Hercules and Hermea.Eilithyia, Hebe and Discord are his sister but on the other had Artemis, Helen and Persephone are his half sisters.

Myth:

One of the myths about Hephaestus is about him being a disgrace. Legend has it that when he was born Hephaestus was crippled and weak, this brought great shame to Olympus. Hera was so displeased with her son physical appreance that she threw her own son off of Mount Olympus. Hephaestus fell for an entire day, he finally landed in the sea. Some named Nymphs found him in the sea and took him to Lemnos. The people on the island to care of the crippled weak child. Most people ay this is the place where he bulit his first palace and forges under the volcanos.
Once he had gown stronger Hephaestus wanted to get revenge on his mother Hera. To do this bahe came up with a genius plan, he came up with a magical thrown. This thrown was sent to Mount Olymous for Hera. When Hera sat down, it trapped her there. This brought a disturbance in Olympus, all the God's begged Hephaestus to let her go but he refused. One day Dionysus offered Hephaestus wine, knowing he was unable to hold his liquor. Hephaestus was heavenly intoxicated and Dyionsus took him to back to Olympus. He had to carry Hephaestus on the back of a donkey. Hephaestus finally released Hera, the God's were so pleased that they gave Hephaestus a reward. This reward would become his first wife Aphrodite. The end.

Special Talents:

  • Smith and armorer of the Gods
  • Crafts
  • Control fire
  • Some-what stronger than an average God

Poem:

I am known as the God of fire and forge
Many people say I am wonderful at making swords
I’m so good the god’s come to me
The word in the grapevine is that I’m the best blacksmith you will ever meet
I was born crippled and very weak
My mother was embarrassed and threw me of Olympus’s peak
Aphrodite was my first wife
She cheated; I wanted to stab Ares with his own knife
I am now married to Charis
I am more commonly known as Hephaestus!

Weaknesses:

  • can not handle his liquor: meaning he can not drink much alcohol
  • his love for Aphrodite until he found out she cheated
  • physically, his leg was crippled and he was born weak
  • can be vindictive

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