"And now the great lame god himself approached."
Hephaestus hands the armour of Achilles to Thetis, red-figure kylix, 490–80 BC
Public DomainHephaestus hands the armour of Achilles to Thetis, red-figure kylix, 490–80 BC - Credit: Bibi Saint-Pol/Wikimedia Commons
According to Greek myth, Hera was so shocked by the grotesque appearance of her baby Hephaestus that she flung him from Mount Olympus. Whether from birth, or from the fall, Hephaestus was lame, and is often represented in art with crippled or misshapen feet.