How were the Olympians born? -> Apollo, Artemis, and Hephaestus


Hi there. Apologies for le delay, exams and everything. Anyways I’m back and going to try to be consistent from now on. ūüėÄ
So in this post I’ll be telling you guys about the birth of three more gods, namely¬†Apollo,¬†Artemis and¬†Hephaestus. This post will be concerning the birth of three gods rather than two since¬†Apollo¬†and¬†Artemis¬†are twins, and there’s not much variation in how each of them were born.¬†

Ok so first off, the divine twins, Artemis and Apollo. They were the children of¬†Zeus¬†and¬†Leto, daughter of Titans¬†Coeus¬†and¬†Phoebe.¬†Leto¬†and¬†Zeus¬†were maintaining a secret relationship when¬†Hera¬†found out that¬†Leto¬†was pregnant with¬†Zeus‘ children. As it is in most myths,¬†Hera was obviously enraged. To prevent¬†Leto¬†from undergoing a peaceful labor,¬†Hera¬†ordered Eileithyia, goddess of childbirth from assisting¬†Leto. She also forbade any Greek land from providing shelter to¬†Leto¬†and cursed her¬†such that she would never be able to give birth on a land on which the sun has shone.

Leto¬†wandered the Earth in pain, moaning for relief.¬†Zeus, feeling her sorrow, raised a floating island from the depths of the ocean, Ortygia. Since the sun had never shone upon this island and it was uninhabited,¬†Leto¬†was able to give birth to her twins.¬†Artemis¬†was the first twin to be born, and immediately assisted her with her brother’s birth. Due to the¬†Eileithyia‘s orders,¬†Leto had to suffer for nine whole days and nights, until¬†Apollo¬†was finally given birth to.¬†Zeus¬†blessed the island of Ortygia, renamed it Delos, which became sacred to¬†Apollo, and anchored the floating island to the surface.¬†














And now for¬†Hephaestus.¬†Hepheastus¬†(hef-es-tus) was one of the two children of¬†Zeus¬†and Hera., technically.¬†Zeus¬†had nothing to do with¬†Hephaestus‘ birth, but he is still considered the father. In retaliation of¬†Zeus¬†giving birth to¬†Athena,¬†Hera¬†sought to give birth to one of her own. When she gave birth to¬†Hephaestus, she was revolted. Her son, who was to be her crowning achievement, her revenge on¬†Zeus, was pretty fugly and incredibly lame. Resisting the urge to vomit, she cast her newborn from the heavens.¬†

After a day’s fall he landed in the sea, where the daughter nymphs of¬†Oceanus (Titan of the sea) Eurynome¬†and¬†Thetis¬†cared for him. When he grew old enough,¬†Hephaestus¬†designed a contraption, a golden throne for his divine mother. When Hera sat upon it, her hands and feet were clamped.¬†Hephaestus¬†agreed to let her go on one condition: his mother would make him an Olympian. After doing so, he let her go and henceforth became the patron of blacksmiths and god of fire.


Right, so in the next post, I’ll be discussing the birth of the only god left, Ares. And then I’ve got a lot more stuff planned, like the stories of Hercules, Jason, etc. so stay tuned! ūüėÄ


Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it and are excited to know how I’ll present the next one. Feel free to like and share! Until next time!


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