H., the son of Hera, is the Greek god of fire, the smithy and of craftsmen; the name's etymology is unknown.
H. is not documented in the Minoan-Mycenaean texts, even if a theophoric name appears in Mycenaean Knossos (apaitijo, KN L 588; [1. 34f.]). In Homer, H. is closely connected with his element, fire. He possesses fire, which is stereotyped as φλὸξ Ἡφαιστοίο (‘flame of H.’; Hom. Il. 9,468 etc.), and his name is used as a metonym for fire (Hom. Il. 2,426 et…