Hephaestus fell from two crashes on Mount Olympus, both embarrassing and painful — gods shouldn’t experience pain. The first came in the midst of one of their relentless quarrels as Zeus and Hera were back. Hephaestus took a part of his mother, and Zeus threw Hephaestus off Mount Olympus in anger. The plunge lasted a full day, and Hephaestus was nearly dead before it began in Lemnos, so his face and body were forever deformed. There he was tended by the human inhabitants of Lemnos; and when he eventually became the Olympians’ wine steward, he became a subject of mockery, particularly in contrast with the legendary beautiful wine steward Ganymede.
Hephaistos was a descendant of Zeus and Hera, the Greek gods’ king and queen, who eventually became the deity of blacksmiths, forges, metalworkers, sculptors, craftsmen . Hephaestus was born hideous and club-footed and his mother Hera hated him in shame at his deformity, flinging him off Mount Olympus. He landed on Lemnos Island where the natives taught him the forge and smithy skills that he later used as the Olympic pantheon ‘s supreme armourer, made their weapons, spears and shields.
Olympus’ second collapse happened while Hephaestus was already scarred from his first collapse, and even more embarrassing, this one was triggered from his wife. History has it that Hera could not stand the sight of him and his deformed hands, so she tried to erase this sign of a broken dispute with Zeus, and she flung him off Mount Olympus once more. He lived on earth for nine years with the Neriads, who were tended by Thetis and Eurynome. One legend claims that he only returned to Olympus by making for his mother a magnificent throne with a hidden structure locking her within it. Only Hephaestos was allowed to save her, but declined to do so before he was rendered intoxicated to go back to Olympus to save her.
Many epithets are given for hephaestus. Each epithet has the meaning of:
Amphigýeis the “weak one” (including the weak one)
Kyllopodíōn’s “stopping” (“stopping”)
Klytotékhnēs “renowned digital”
Polýmētis “smart, crafty” or “multiple devices” (multiple devices)
Aitnaîos “Aetnaean,” owing to the supposed place of his laboratory below Mount Aetna.