Legend of Vulcan
Vulcan the Artist
Vulcan is the manufacturer of art, arms, iron, jewelry, and armor for various gods and heroes, including the thunderbolts of Jupiter. He was born the son of Juno and Jupiter and the husband of Maia and Aphrodite. As the son of Jupiter, the king of the gods, and Juno, the queen of the gods, Vulcan should have been quite handsome, but baby Vulcan was small and ugly with a red brawling face, Juno was so horrified that she hurled the tiny baby off the top of Mount Olympus.
Vulcan becomes disabled
Vulcan fell for a day and a night, landing in the sea. Unfortunately, one of his legs broke as he hit the water, and never developed property, thus becoming disabled. He sank to the depths of the ocean, where the sea–nymph Thetis found him and raised him as her own son.
Vulcan finds fire
Vulcan had a happy childhood with the dolphins as his playmates and pearls as his toys. Late in his childhood, he found the remains of a fisherman‘s fire on the beach and became fascinated with and unextinguished coal, still red hot and glowing.
Vulcan learns to create
Vulcan carefully shut his precious coal in a clamshell, took it back to hes underwater grotto, and made a fire with it. On the first day he stared at it for hours on end. On the second day he discovered that when he made the fire hotter with bellows, certain stones sweated iron, silver, and gold. On the third day he beat the cooled metal into shapes; bracelets, chains, swords, and shields.