The Greek God Hephaestus is often considered a minor God in Greek Mythology, but that is far from the truth as Percy Jackson fans will know! Here's more about him.
The ancient Greek God of fire, blacksmiths, metalworking, stone masonry, forges, carpenters and volcanoes, Hephaestus is one of the Olympian Gods. His mother was Hera, and Greek mythology is unclear whether Zeus was his father, or whether he did not have a father at all. According to some Greek mythology, Hephaestus was cast out from heaven by his mother due to being crippled. The popular image of him is being lame in some way. Depicted as a middle aged man with beard, short sleeveless tunic and a round close-fitting cap, Hephaestus is credited with having created the Gods fabulous equipment, weapons and armour. He is also believed to have invented the first machines and automatons.
Ancient Temple of Hephaestus Battle with Centaurs Sculpture - credits: billperry/depositphotos
What powers and skills does he have?
Greek myths and poetry claim that Hephaestus had the power to produce motion in statues and objects. At the entrance of the Alkinoos palace, he made lions and dogs of gold and silver which could bite invaders. Another power Hephaestus had was fire because he was known as the god of fire or god of Volcanoes. He had the special ability to withstand any kind of heat and could never get burned. It is said he could turn into fire at any moment. However, his main power is believed to be as a blacksmith. which was his regular job and worked with his hands. His workshops were often considered to be volcanoes, and he created weapons and equipment for the Gods of Olympus.