Hermes
Micah J., Molly M., Walker W., Sawyer S., John C.
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Weaknesses:

  • No major weakness unless you count not being able to stay still for long. Hermes has it together.
Special Talents
  • He is fastest of all gods
  • He was the god of luck and fortune
  • He is the god of Olympian boundaries

Poem:

Hermes is the son of Zeus.
Hermes is the Zeus' messenger.
Hermes is the fastest of the God's.
Hermes is the God of eloquence and speech.
Hermes is a excellent communicator.
Hermes had many children.
Hermes invented the pipes, the musical scale, astronomy, weights and measures, boxing, gymnastics and the care of olive trees.
Hermes is also the Olympian god of boundaries.
Hermes is a handsome young man with a winged hat, winged sandals, and a golden staff twined with serpents.
Hermes was quickly promoted to become Zeus' "roving ambassador".

Background Information:


  • The father of Hermes is Zeus.
  • The mother of Hermes is Maia.
  • Hera was the wife of Hermes.
  • Hermes was originally neither winged or a messenger. Originally Hermes was clever, tricky, and a thief. Hermes' descendants include a major Greek hero and a noisy, fun loving god. In Greek a lucky find was a hermaion. Hermes got its name from this.
  • He grew up to become the God of Cheaters and Thieves. Hermes was also the fastest of the Greek gods because of the wings that were attached to his sandals.
  • He became the conductor of souls that reached the Underworld.




Reference:

http://www.theoi.com/Olympios/Hermes.html
http://www.greek-islands.us/greek-gods/hermes/
http://www.pablowang.com/myth/Olympians/Hermes/hermesbio.htm
http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/hermesmercurymyth/ss/Hermes122108.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermes

Myth:

Back in the days when Hermes was still a child he once went out his cradle and set out for an adventure to Pieria in Northern Greece and steal the cattle from his half-brother Apollo.

Hermes found the herd very soon, so he started pulling the hoofs out of the cows’ feet one by one and re-attaching them in the reverse order. Then he took the herd, which now seemed to be walking backwards, hid them inside a cave and quickly returned to his cave in Mount Cyllene in Arcadia.


The Discovery:


Apollo found out his herd was missing and he went out searching all around. The traces he saw on his way were confusing and led the god to despair. Apollo was the god of prophecy, so he quickly found out the thief and went madly to Mount Cyllene to find Hermes in his cave. Little Hermes was sleeping inside his cradle, but Apollo didn’t care. He grabbed the infant and took him up to Mount Olympus to be judged by their master Zeus,the king of the gods.

The Trial:

Before the eyes of Zeus, Hermes first denied everything, but in the end he had to confess. Zeus had found the story quite amusing so he didn't punish Hermes; he only asked from him to return the herd. Regretful of what he had done, Hermes then offered Apollo his lyre, as a present, a musical instrument he had created by himself out of the shell of a turtle.

To pay Hermes for his kindness, Apollo returned the gesture by giving Hermes a golden rod to guide the herds. From then on, there was peace again in Mount Olympus and a strong friendship began between Hermes and Apollo.