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Pronunciation : hee-FEHS-tuss

(Olympian) HEPHAESTUS

Also known as HAPHAESTUS, HEPHEISTOS
Greek God of : Forge & Fire, Metalwork, Sculpture
Attributes : Hammer, Tongs, Anvil
Festival Days :
When in Rome : Vulcan

Genius of the forge, the lame son of Hera and Zeus.

Hephaestus spent a whole nine days bouncing down Mount Olympus after his mother threw him off the edge for being born ugly and when he hit the bottom he was crippled too. What a start to life!.

He was rescued by Thetis and Eurynome and taken to Lemmos where he set up a forgery business under Mount Ida and it didn't take long to finish his first ever project .. an iron throne of retribution. It was beautifully crafted, made from solid iron, a real beauty... unless you happened to be Hera. Once inside, Hera was imprisoned by unbreakable clasps and only released when the Gods gambled on Hephaestos being a typical red blooded male when they bribed him with the Goddess of war, Aphrodite. Payback is indeed a bitch.

The holy union was never going to last though. Haphaestus was pig ugly, Aphrodite was the beautiful goddess of love and lust, and she only copped off with him to save Hera. It wasn't long before she was in the sack with his brother Ares, and although he caught them in a chain net and dragged them up to Olympus for all to mock the Gods just laughed. Heph didn't see the fujnny side.

With his helpers the Cyclopes, Hephaesyus created pretty much every magical metal item worth mentioning; Poseidon's trident, Artemis' bow and arrow, Hades helmet of invisibility, Pandoras box, which caused no end of trouble, not to mention the golden apple of discord stolen by Eris which brought about the Trojan War. The list is endless and impressive.

The Romans were so impressed they couldn't wait to do a bit of forgery themselves and sign him up as Vulkan.
Family Tree ...
Parents : Zeus and Hera
Spouse : (1) Aphrodite (2) Aglaia
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'HAPHAESTUS' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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