Fact 1: He was the god of fire, the forge and metal-workers. He had the power to transform himself into flames and the ability to create fabulous mechanical robotics.
Fact 2: The names of his parents were Zeus and Hera. His sister was Hebe and his brother was Ares.
Fact 3: He was one of the 12 Olympian gods who resided on the summit of Mount Olympus.
Fact 4: He built the beautiful palaces of the gods and goddesses and made magical locks that could only be opened by the gods
Fact 5: His Latin counterpart was Vulcan. The word volcano is derived from the name of Vulcano, a volcanic island in the Aeolian Islands of Italy from which the name Vulcan originates.
Fact 6: The role of this god was to make the weapons and armor of the Olympian gods. He also made the thrones for the other gods on Mount Olympus.
Fact 7: Hephaestus made the aegis (a round buckler shield) for Zeus to strike terror in mortals. Hector, carried the aegis into battle on the side of the Trojans during the Trojan War
Fact 8: He was skilled in all forms of metal work and created many gold and silver gifts for the gods including their palaces, their armor, their chariots and their weapons
Fact 9: He made fantastic mechanical robots including the giant Talos who featured in the myths and legends about Jason and the Argonauts and golden robots that looked like young men and could think and talk.
Fact 10: He made a beautiful golden necklace for Zeus which the king of the gods gave to Europa
Fact 11: He fought in the Battle of the Giants during which the Olympians were at war with the Giants (GIgantes). Hephaestus became faint during the fierce fighting and Helios (the Sun) carried the exhausted him away in his chariot. To repay the kindness, the god gave gifts to King Aietes, the son of Helios
Fact 12: He made two mechanical bulls for King Aietes. The bulls had feet and mouths of bronze and when the bulls breathed, fierce flames came from their mouths. He also made an unbending plough for the bulls to pull, made of a single piece of bronze and was indestructible
Fact 13: He also built a palace for King Aietes with two great gold and silver dogs that guarded the doorways.
Fact 14: He created four magical fountains for the palace of King Aietes - one fountain gushed with milk, another with wine, the third gushed fragrant oil and the last fountain supplied water which was cold in the summer and warm in the winter
Fact 15: He was the patron of all craftsmen