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In ancient times, the many gods lived in volcanoes and controlled and protected Fire

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In ancient times, the many gods lived in volcanoes and controlled and protected Fire.

Hephaestus saw one such god, the keeper of FIRE, and the forger of metals for the Greek Gods. We also know him as Vulcan, who was the FIRE god for the Romans. He was born of Hera and Zeus, becoming the God of Metal Smiths and FIRE. Hard-working, he tended the fires of the volcano Olympus. He was rough and strong. When Hephaestus pounded his hammer, the bang traveled for miles.

With his bellow and hammer, he fused the jewels in gold and silver for the crowns owned by the Greek gods and goddesses. His wife was Aphrodite to the Greeks and Venus to the Romans; she was the goddess of beauty and love. She visited Hephaestus at his metal shop, where he presented her with jewels necklaces.

Once, he sided with his mother, Hera, who argued his father, Zeus. Angry Zeus seized Hephaestus by the leg and threw him off of Mount Olympus. Thetis, a gentle sea goddess, found him all broken and bruised. She bound his wounds and nursed him back to health.

Zeus forgave him, and Hephaestus returned to Olympus. After his fall, Hephaestus crippled. Although his body was healthy, and his hands held skills, his weak legs did not support him. He built two robots of gold and silver to serve him. They had mechanical brains, that thought and spoke.

The One-Eyed Cyclops were metalsmiths inside his volcano. They worked his bellows and swung the heavy hammers. When they smacked their hammers, sparks flew from the volcano.

The Olympic Gods were very fond of Hephaestus. And the humans desired Hephaestus' FIRE, the precious metals, jewels, and hammers; they wanted to forge their gold, silver, and own FIRE'S warmth and LIGHT for the darkness.

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The  information below is from a website Wiki Category, Gods of Fire:

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Check out other gods of FIRE:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fire_gods

http://mythology.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Gods_of_Fire

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