Hephaestus is the son of Zeus and Hera. He is the Greek god of technology, blacksmiths, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metals, metallurgy, fire and volcanoes.
Sometimes it is said that Hera alone produced him and that he has no father.
He is the only god in Greek folklore to be physically ugly.
He is also lame.
Displeased by the sight of her son, Hera threw Hephaestus from Mount Olympus, and he fell for a whole day before landing in the sea.
Nymphs rescued him and took him to Lemnos, where the people of the island cared for him.
But other versions say Zeus threw him from Mount Olympus after Hephaestus had sided with his mother in a quarrel.
This legend says that Hephaestus fell for nine days and nine nights, and he landed on the island of Lemnos. It was on Lemnos where he built his palace and his forges under a volcano...
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...
Hephaestus' Roman equivalent was Vulcan.
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