Hera, Hephaistos' mother, was horrified by his imperfections and threw him out of Mount Olympus in disgust. The sea nymph Thetis looked after the young god.
Hephaistos soon discovered he had a great talent for making beautiful and useful things. News spread about his talent as a smith. When Hera heard about this, she welcomed her son back to Mount Olympus.
He was called on many times to make armour for heroes such as Achilles and Herakles.
The Hephaisteia was another festival dedicated to Hephaistos. One of the major features of the festival was a torch race. Torch races occurred at many festivals but are particularly relevant to Hephaistos because of his connection with fire.