Hephaestus was one of the gods of fire. His fires were the
fires that people used to work metals, unlike Hestia, who
claimed the fires for the hearth and for cooking. Hephaestus
is usually pictured as lame and ugly, and one of the stories
about him says that when he was born, he was so ugly that
he was thrown from Olympus, and landed in a volcano (either
on the island of Lemnos, or at Mount Aetna in Sicily, which
is where he later set up his workshop).
Hephaestus became a great craftsman, and was the maker of
all of the tools and weapons of the gods (even if they were
not metal). Another of the stories about Hephaestus is that
in order toprevent a fight among the gods over the beautiful
Aphrodite, a marriage was arranged between her and Hephaestus.
Aphrodite was not pleased to be promised to someone so ugly,
and started to have an affair with Ares, god of war (and
brother of Hephaestus). When Hephaestus found out, he made
a great net, which he threw over Aphrodite and Ares when
they were together Trapped in the net, they were dragged
to Olympus by Hephaestus, and they were not pleased when
the other gods laughed at their predicament!
Hephaestus also created Hermess helmet and sandals,
Zeuss Aegis shield, the armor of Achilles, Poseidons
trident, and even the bow and arrows used by Eros.
Hephaestus the the god of smiths and fire. He was either
the son of Zeus and Hera or the son of just Hera. He was
very ugly and lame. His wife was the beautiful goddess of
Hephaestus was very kind and was always trying to stop fights
between Zeus and Hera. During one disagreement, Hephaestus
stepped between them and sided with his mother. Zeus was
furious and threw Hephaestus out of Olympus. He fell for
an entire day and then landed on a small island in the ocean.
There he was cared for by the nereid Thetis, though he never
fully recovered and remained lame from there on.