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Trent Miller

Mr. Pohl

English 9

20 May 2013


The god with the one and only workshop under mount Aetna that can tinker with anything he wants. He is the god of blacksmiths and fire. Hephaestus is a character that displays the values of working with his hands and craftsmanship while threw time his kind heart and ugliness has put its share of views on people. Hephaestus is the only god that was born weak and crippled with a deformed foot.

In the time of Hephaestus the people thought he was lame and ugly. He is the son of Zeus and Hera. Hera is the god of marriage while Zeus is the king of gods. Being the god of fire and smith, he had a workshop under mount Aetna that he made all the armor for the gods. He was kind and peace loving. Hephaestus was married to his wife Aphrodite, who was very unfair and cruel to him. She cheated on him with other gods. The amazing name Hephaestus is Vulcan in Roman. Because of the fact that he was born lame he limped on one side which caused his mother to throw him off Mount Olympus. Also being the god of crafts he made the first woman by the command of Zeus. He would spend day and night in his shop creating new things. Hera expected him to be better than he was and to be at least better than Zeus’s kids. He also had many tricks up his sleeve to gain back some power.

Threw time views on everything change and stories are tweaked to keep them interesting. Now days we would think of Bill Gates as Hephaestus because of his craftsmanship of creating the best computer software ever known, Microsoft which is used on all different kinds all over the world. With the precipitin changing some people think that it was just Hera’s baby not with Zeus. His 2nd wife is now known as Aglaia and she was more graceful than Aphrodite. Some think and say that Hera, upset by having an ugly child flung him from Mount Olympus into the sea, breaking his legs but no one will ever know if it’s true. When he was in the water a water nymph named Thetis saved him after his fall. He lived with her for 9 years. Hephaestus is also thought to be Hera’s baby along without Zeus. You can see his fall I the picture in the appendix.

That means that there is a huge generational gap of thoughts and the passing of information. If it’s not the gap it must be the difference in the way different people interpret the story. This also shows that all the information that we have really isn’t true either. It could be just mad up stories from the past that the modern society keeps changing like they did in the past as if they were made up fiction stories for entertainment. Not only does it not make since how they went day to day with all of the crazy gods just eating whole babies like croons. This also means that back in the Greek time that they would act and get away with a lot more than what we can today. When one god would force another less powerful one to do something no one was there to stop it. The comparison pictures of his are in the appendix.

Hephaestus is a character that displays the values of working with your hands and craftsmanship while threw time his kind heart and ugliness has put its share of views on people. Hephaestus is the best god when it comes to working with your hand eye coordination to craft some of the best things of the time. Hephaestus had one of the most extreme life’s by coming from just his mom and living his fall. When it comes time to think back to the Greek times thank Hephaestus for that entire he has done.

Works Citied

  1. Hatzitsinidou Evangelia, “Greek-gods”. 2005-2013, 6 May 2013, gods/Hephaestus/

  2. Leadbetter, Ron. “Hephaestus”, March 1997, 6 may, 2013.

  3. Dean, Gordon, “the Olympians” 1998, 6 May, 2013.

  4. “Greek mythology”, 2010, 6 May, 2013.

  5. Hamilton, Edith. Mythology: timeless tales of gods hand heroes. New York: New York American library, 1969

  6. “Hephaestus” laroosse encyclopedia of mythology, 1959. Pg., 141. Picture.


To gain revenge for his rejection by Hera, Hephaestus fashioned a magic throne, which was presented to her on Mount Olympus. When Hera sat on the throne, it entrapped her, making her a prisoner. The gods on Mount Olympus pleaded with Hephaestus to return to their heavenly domain, as to release Hera, but he refused. Dionysus gave the smith god wine, and when Hephaestus was intoxicated, Dionysus took him back to Mount Olympus slumped over the back of a mule. This scene was a favorite in Greek art. Hephaestus released Hera after being given the beautiful Aphrodite as his bride. Dionysus was rewarded by being made one of the Olympian Pantheon.

Article "Hephaestus" created on 03 March 1997; last modified on 02 February 2006 (Revision 3). 941 words.

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