Hephaestus By Malcolm Freeman, Seth Spitler

Hephaestus is the god of smithing. When he was born, his mother looked at his face and thought that the other gods would Shame her because of how ugly her new child was. So she threw him off of Mount Olympus and he drifted into the water where he fell into the ocean and Thetis and Eurynome decided to raise him. After a while Hephaestus learned to smith and decided to make a trap for his mother, Hera. She fell for the trap and nobody could release her except Hephaestus, so the gods went down to him and made a spot for him on Olympus where he would live and continue to be the god of smithing and fire.

Hephaestus had his working supposedly beneath the crater of the volcano of Aetna in Italy. There, he was working together closely with the one-eyed Cyclopes to create strong thunderbolts for his master Zeus. Hephaestus was also famous for having created the first woman of the ancient world, Pandora.

Although Hephaestus was a god with disabilities, he was lucky enough to be married to Aphrodite, the most attractive goddess of Mount Olympus. However, his wife Aphrodite soon grew tired of their marriage... until one day, allured by the beauty of the warlike Ares, she became Ares' mistress. Soon came a day where Hephaestus was away from home and Aphrodite took the opportunity to called her Ares for a visit. All of a sudden, a net that was created by Helios, fell on the two lovers and they were trapped in the net. It was impossible for the couple neither to escape nor to separate. The more they tried, the more they became tangled.

Vengefully, Hephaestus called all the gods of Olympus to laugh at their expense. However, with the intervention of Poseidon, Ares paid a compensation to Hephaestus and eventually, Hephaestus released the couple from the trap.

Amazing Creations created by Hephaestus

Hephaestus made the golden chariot and the golden cups for the sun-god Helios, The scepter and the throne of Zeus, as well as bows for the twin gods Artemis and Apollo, two mechanical, immortal dogs out of gold and silver in order to guard the palace of Alcinous, two wild bulls with bronze feet, with voices coming out of their nostrils and fire coming out of their mouths, and the speedy giant Talos, whom he gave to King Minos in order to guard the island of Crete and oversee the implementation of laws.

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