HYPERION (Ὑπερίων) is the Titan of heavenly light, heat and power and is the father of Eos, Helios, and Selene by Theia, the Titaness of sight and enlightenment. Hyperion's name means "watcher from above" or "he who goes above" from the Greek words hyper and iôn. One of the twelve original Titans, Hyperion was imprisoned in Tartarus after the Titanomachy and was eventually released during the Second Titan War to fight against Olympus.
There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.
History and Myths
Like his siblings, Hyperion was born to Gaea and Ouranos, the respective personifications of the earth and sky. When Kronos was going to dethrone his father, Hyperion was one of the four Titans that held the sky still, making sure that it wouldn't fall. The reason why he is the Lord of the East is because he was responsible for that part of the sky, hence why the sun always rises from the east. He later took his sister, Theia, as his wife and fathered the dawn, moon, and sun gods by her. Hyperion fought for Kronos in the first war against the Olympians and was cast, along with many of the Titans, into Tartarus after their defeat.
Hyperion was considered to be the Pillar of the East in Greek mythology, an apt position seeing has his offspring, the Sun and the Moon would rise in the east; so Coeus was the Pillar of the North, Crius, the South, Iapetus, the West, and Hyperion the East.
Hyperion and all of his brothers were seen as ancient gods that were responsible for the creation of man, each titan bestowing a quality on mankind. Hyperion was assumed to have given man the gift of sight because his name actually means "he who watches from above". Hyperion's wife, Theia, was also the Titaness of sight so it made sense that they would give mankind that gift. Another things that made the Greeks think that Hyperion and Theia gave this gift is because they believed that eyes emitted a small beam of light that allowed them to see.
Titan of Heavenly Light Titan of Heat Titan of Power Father of the Sun and Moon