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God of Fire, the Forge, Metalworking, Stone-Masonry, Technology, Craftsmen, Volcanoes, Blacksmiths and the Art of Sculpture

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HEPHAESTUS (Ήφαιστος) is the great Olympian god of fire, metalworking, stone-masonry, the forge, technology, craftsmen, volcanoes, blacksmiths and the art of sculpture. He was usually depicted as a bearded man holding hammer and tongs--the tools of a smith--and riding a donkey.

Some of the more famous myths featuring the god include:

  • His fall from Olympos in which he was cast away by Hera at birth;
  • The trapping of Hera in a cursed throne and his return to Olympos;
  • The adultery of his wife Aphrodite who was trapped with Ares in a golden net;
  • The crafting of Pandora, the first woman, at the command of Zeus;
  • The attempted rape of Athena which resulted in the impregnation of Earth and the birth of Erikhthonios;
  • The crafting of the cursed necklace of Harmonia which doomed her descendants to a cycle of tragedy;
  • The Trojan War in which he fought the river-god Skamandros with fire;
  • The crafting of the armour of Akhilleus at the request of the hero's mother Thetis.
Life is like a blacksmith, it beats you down until you are tempered and sharp enough to slice through any opposition.

–H. S. Crow

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History and Myths

In Greek mythology, Hephaestus is the god of forges, fire and blacksmiths. Haphaestus was born directly from Hera, and is one of the Twelve Olympians. He was married to Aphrodite.

Due to Zeus' giving birth to Athena, Hera was angry at his actions. She then gave birth to Hephaestus. He was an ugly and deformed child. A rumor was spread by Hera that Zeus threw him from Mt. Olympus at birth due to his ugliness, when it was really Hera herself. Another story makes the claim that Hephaestus stepped in between his mother and father's argument and sided with Hera. In rage of his son's actions, Zeus seized Hephaestus by the legs and threw him from the top of Mt. Olympus, which caused his drastic injuries. After being nursed to health, Zeus (in a rare act) apologized and welcomed his son back with open arms.

Hephaestus is the Greek word for fire. This god had many cults around Ancient Greece and Rome. Hephaestus had many priests who worshiped in his name, usually paryed to before battle so that their swords and weapons would be strong in battle.

The goddess of love, Aphrodite, was causing a lot of problems in Olympus due to her radiant beauty. Zeus decided to wed her to Hephaestus to keep her off the market, though she still had multiple affairs with Ares,the god of War. Though these days the affair is considered old news and every one just accepts it but Hephaestus still tries to find ways to publicly embarrass his wife and her lover in front of the other gods with elaborate traps and tricks. The most famous one and the first one was when he caught the two lovers in a magical net and then invited the other gods to come and laugh at the unfortunate sight.

He also took part in creating the metal giant Talos, the Trojan Horse, and other various automatons.

It is said that, after his divorce from Aphrodite, he married Aglaia, one of the three Charities.

In Roman mythology Vulcan is the god of fire. As Vulcan, he becomes more disciplined, warlike, and militaristic. The Greeks envisioned Hephaestus as a benevolent and clever being. To the Romans, Vulcan was the god of volcanoes (which were named after him), giving him greater power than his Greek aspect.

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Titles

God of Fire
God of the Forge
God of Metalworking
God of Stone-Masonry
God of Technology
God of Craftsmen
God of Volcanoes
God of Blacksmiths
God of the Art of Sculpture

Gender

Male

Status

Immortal

Species

God

Affiliation

Olympians

Weapon

Hammer

Home

Mt. Olympus

Roman Form

Vulcan

Appearance

Varies

Family

Father

N/A

Mother

Spouse(s)

Aphrodite [ previously ]
Aglaea

Siblings

Ares [ maternal half-brother ]
Hebe, Enyo & Eileithyia [ maternal half-sisters ]

Demigod Children

Immortal Children

Kadmilos, The Kabeiroi [ sons ]
Eucleia, Eupheme, Euthenia, Philophrosyne, Thaleia & The Kabeirides [ daughters ]

Lover(s)

Aetna
Kabeiro

Other

N/A

Scope/Powers

Patron Of

Fire / The Forge / Metalworking / Stone-Masonry / Technology / Craftsmen / Volcanoes / Blacksmiths / The Art of Sculpture

Symbols

Hammer / Tongs / Anvil

Sacred Animals

Donkey / Crane

Sacred Plants

N/A

Assumed Powers

As a son of Hera, Hephaestus is an extremely powerful god.

  • Prowess in Battle: Hephaestus is shown to be very strong (from constantly working in his forges), which makes him very formidable in battle. He successfully fought in the first Gigantomachy, and several other battles. However, during the gods' battles with Typhon, he was defeated and knocked out of the sky with such force, that a new lake was created when he landed.
    • He excels at fighting with a heavy hammer.
  • Pyrokinesis: As the god of fire, he has absolute control over heat, fire, and lava. This is a very dangerous and powerful ability, which is why only children that he chooses have this ability.
    • In The Battle of the Labyrinth, Hephaestus appeared, in a massive "column of fire".
  • Fire Immunity: Hephaestus is immune to fire and heat, as he works with them constantly.
  • Technokinesis: As the god of blacksmiths, he has unbelievable mechanical abilities which are second to none. As shown in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Hephaestus' skills even surpass that of the Elder Cyclops and Hekatonknieres.
  • Enhanced Forging: Hephaestus can build any kind of machine out of any kind of material, as well as animate it and make it do things to suit his needs. He can even do this absentmindedly, fiddling with parts and gears when nervous or thinking hard over something.
  • In Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Hephaestus was even able to use his tools to unchain his mother Hera, while simultaneously keeping himself and her from falling into the Void of Chaos.

Trivia

Trivia

  • Hephaestus is the ugliest and most physically injured Olympian.
  • Hephaestus is the one who built all of the Olympians' thrones in the Hall of the Gods.
  • As revealed in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Hephaestus was flung off of Olympus twice: first by Hera (right after his birth), and then by Zeus (after he rescues Hera from Zeus' punishment).
  • As shown in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Hephaestus is shown to have a crush on Athena.
  • Another name for Vulcan is Mulciber which means "fire" in Latin.
  • In the books Hephaestus is still married where in Homer's account Hephaestus demands his bride-price back after catching his wife Aphrodite and her lover Ares, which means in the modern sense they divorced. Homer also has him remarry the goddess Thalia.
  • Hephaestus claims to have once admired the Hekatonknieres.
  • The word "Volcano" and "Volcanic" both derive from Vulcan, his Roman aspects' name.
  • Hephaestus has the most named demigod children out of all the other Olympians.

God/Goddess of the Month Awards
Hephaestus won the God/Goddess of the Month Poll competition for June 2013.

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