In ancient times, the many gods lived in volcanoes and controlled and protected Fire.
Hephaestus was one such god, was 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. With his bellow and hammer, he fused the jewels in gold and silver for the crowns owned by the Greek gods and goddesses.
When Hephaestus pounded his hammer, the bang heard for miles. He was rough and tough. 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 jewels necklaces.
Hephaestus often tried to smooth his father Zeus' temper with gentle words. Once he sided with his mother Hera and so angered his father, Zeus, that Zeus seized Hephaestus by the leg and throw him off of Mount Olympus. For a whole day, Hephaestus hurled through the air. In the evening he fell on the island of Lemnos so hard, the island shook. 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 walked like a flickering flame. Although his body was healthy, and his hands were wonderfully skilled, his weak legs did not support him. He built two robots of gold and silver to serve him as helpers. They had mechanical brains and thought and spoke for themselves.
He also had metalsmiths inside his volcano; these are the One-Eyed Cyclops. They worked his bellows and swung the heavy hammers. When they banged their hammers, sparks flew out of the volcano.
The Olympic gods were very fond of Hephaestus. And the humans desired the metals, his fire, and his hammers; they wanted to forge their gold, silver, and gems for their jewelry along with their desire for the warm and the light in the darkness.
This information is from a website Wiki Category, Gods of Fire:
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