@des-zimbits these are my cats! In the bottom picture from left to right is Ghost, Blizzard, and Hermes (he’s mine).
A funny story is that while Ghost got his name from the Game of Thrones Direwolf it’s super applicable because for the first week my sister had him she thought he had run away because Ghost hid so well in her apartment.
A cute story is that my Little Demon, Hermes, likes to pretend to be a tough guy but actually sets a pretty strict bed time. He’ll wait for me at the bottom of the stairs until I go up to bed. If he’s not there then you can hear him from any point in the house tripping over himself to follow me.
Fun Fact: If you even look at Blizzard he’ll start purring and climb into your lap. Ghost is actually a bunch of sentient cotton balls glued together. Hermes loves to hate strangers.
Okay, so a few days ago I saw a post discussing Luke and Ethan and the other demigods who joined Kronos’ army. I’m not going to link it, but basically it was complaining about how they had no reason to be against the gods, and how they were just whiny because Mommy or Daddy wasn’t there to change their diaper.
Before I go into specifics, I’m going to mention something. A lot of kids who have their parent walk out on them when they’re little grow up hating that parent.
Just keep that in mind. Now let’s get started.
Okay, so let me just remind you all of something:
Ares was unable to resist Kronos in the first book.
Let me repeat that.
Ares was unable to resist Kronos.
So the god of war is unable to resist Kronos, but a nineteen year old demigod is supposed to? How does that make sense? Simple.
Everyone makes this huge deal over how Luke should have been able to resist Kronos, and yada yada yada, but in reality, it’s unlikely that he would have been able to. I doubt very many demigods would have had that power.
Now let’s take a look at the beginning.
Hermes leaves Luke, a baby at this point, with his mother who is currently mentally unstable from attempting to become the Oracle. His mother is unfit to be a parent. It’s mentioned that she had attacks often, and possibly tried to hurt him a few times. Whatever happened during these attacks, it was horrible enough to have made Luke run away from home by the time he was fourteen. And a reminder that this would have lasted his entire life. Imagine a four-year-old Luke trembling in fear because his mother seems to have been possessed. And this happened often. Is it any wonder that he ran away?
So now he’s on his own. At fourteen. And being attacked by monsters constantly. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
At this point, he runs into Thalia, a demigod whose father has left her with her alcoholic mother, someone else who is unfit to be a parent. Oh, and because her father is Zeus, she’s constantly being attacked by all of the Underworld. Extra fun. And neither of their parents step in to help. I know this is because they are- to an extent- not allowed to, but let’s look at it from Luke’s perspective. Your father has left you in a pretty shitty situation. Wouldn’t you kind of hate him too?
Next, he runs into Annabeth, a seven-year-old girl who has been kicked out of her home because she’s been attracting too many monsters, and has nothing but a hammer to defend herself with. And again, her mother never tried to help her.
And now Luke’s on his way to Camp Half-Blood, when they get attacked again. And this time, Thalia’s dying. But that’s okay, Zeus has got a plan!
He’s going to turn her into a tree.
That’s right Luke! Instead of respecting his daughter, he’s going to preserve her and not let her live or die! She’s just going to be a tree and you’ll never get to see or talk to her again, or even be able to honor her passing!
But hey, you made it out alive! And you’re already claimed too! We’re just going to stick you in this overcrowded cabin for the next five years. Oh, you’re here all year round? That’s great, it’ll really feel like home then!!
Oh, and now Luke’s going to get a quest, something that every demigod longs for. But the quest is something that’s been done before, doesn’t really require doing, and is dangerous, especially considering the previous two points.
But that’s the best Hermes can come up with, and Luke is determined to impress him.
And he almost dies doing this. He manages to get away scarred, but it’s unnecessarily dangerous, and if he died it would have been for nothing.
And now it’s five years later, and Luke’s being manipulated by the strongest Titan. Which, as I stated earlier, is something that even the gods had trouble with. So let’s not blame him for that, shall we? Especially seeing as there’s a lot of reasons for him to hate the gods.
Now let’s look at the year that Kronos was possessing his body. Let me remind you that Kronos has been possessing his body for over a year and Luke is still fighting against him. Multiple times during The Last Olympian, Ethan mentioned that Kronos should be well settled into Luke’s body.
And yet he wasn’t. Luke was still fighting against him. We see time and time and time again, Luke trying to regain control of his body. And finally, he regains control of his body long enough to stab himself, something that must have required a great deal of courage to do.
We know a little bit less about the early life of Ethan, but we still are given a good chunk of information.
Firstly, let’s talk about his missing eye.
We’re told in Battle of the Labyrinth that his eye patch is worn, as though he’s been wearing it for a long time, and that he fights exceptionally well, not weakened by his missing eye, as if he’s been missing it for a long time. So he’s been missing it for probably a few years then. We’re also told that he’s about sixteen or so, so we can guess that he lost his eye when he was about twelve or thirteen. It’s also heavily implied that his lost eye has something to do with Nemesis claiming him- most likely that she was involved somehow in taking his eye, possibly doing so herself. Which would have majorly screwed him up psychologically. But he chooses to fight on the same side as her, which means that the gods must have done something to make him hate them even more.
Now let’s look at the stuff that we do know a bit more about.
He was in the Hermes cabin with Luke, which, as I mentioned above, is extremely overcrowded. But he gets claimed before he joins Kronos’ army. But he doesn’t get to move out of this overcrowded cabin where he most likely slept on the floor for at least two months a year. Why? Because his mother’s just not important enough.
Imagine that for a second. You’ve been living in this overcrowded cabin for a while, finally get claimed, get your eye gouged out, but you’re just not important enough. That’s just not good enough. And for the next year or so, he’s constantly being overlooked. All because his mother’s a “minor” goddess.
And now there’s someone telling him he has the power to fix everything. To give the gods what they deserve. A quick reminder here, that Ethan’s the son of the goddess of balance. To him this probably seemed an awful lot like balance.
But before he can join them, he has to fight Percy. And he loses the fight, and Percy is told to kill him. Now to most people, this would be a clear indication that they don’t care about you. But even after Percy saves his life and gets him out of there, Ethan goes back. He goes back to the people who were willing to let him die. And he fights for them, time and time again.
In The Last Olympian, Ethan knows where Percy’s spot is. But he doesn’t tell Kronos. We’re never told why exactly, but given his actions at the end of the book, it’s likely that it was because he was beginning to doubt himself. That maybe joining Kronos wasn’t the best idea.
At the end of the book, we see him turn on Kronos after being shown by Percy that Kronos wasn’t standing for balance after all, he was standing for destruction. We also hear in his last words what he was fighting for all along: justice for the minor gods.
Also, think about this:
If Ethan’s reason for fighting against the gods was because he was annoyed that his mother was never around when he was little, why would he fight on the same side as her? And he has more reason to hate her than just her never being around; she gouged his eye out.
Think about that.
Before you start hating on the unknown demigods, remember this: we don’t know their story. They could be claimed, or unclaimed. They could be the child of an Olympian, or the child of a minor god. They could have a sibling or best friend who died on a pointless quest. They could have been thrown out of their home. They could live at Camp Half-Blood all year round. They could have a friend who’s the child of a minor god and they’re fighting for them. They could be brainwashed. They could be acting completely on their own terms. We know nothing about them. They could have more than enough valid reasons for hating the gods, so don’t you dare say they don’t.
What Greek myth(s) do you think is(/are) under appreciated?
Anon, I love you. This is an amazing question. This is everything I have ever wanted in a question. I am actually suspicious that this isn’t from me; perhaps I blacked out at some point in time and sent this message to myself. I don’t know. It’s possible. It is also possible that you are perfect. But anyways. On to your question:
1) Atalanta (and the Calydonian Boar Hunt, etc)
I don’t know why people don’t talk about this amazing huntress more. Like. Mythology books need to check themselves if Atalanta doesn’t get a page AT LEAST. When I was studying classics in school, the professor showed a band cup by Archicles and Glaucytes that featured the Calydonian Boar Hunt and DIDN’T SHOW ATALANTA and I nearly had a FIT.
This is not a complete story, just some bits and pieces I wrote because I’m a sucker for sitcoms + Hermes interacting with baby!Arslan + Daryun being 100000% done with everything and everyone (except Arslan, of course :D)
HERMES WAS SUCH A GOSH DARN CUTE LITTLE BABY. ON THE DAY HE WAS FUCKING BORN, HIS SOMEWHAT IRRESPONSIBLE MOTHER MAIA LET HIM GO ON AN ADVENTURE. HE TOOK WITH HIM SOME SHITTY TORTOISE HE FOUND, AS A CUTE PET. EXCEPT HE GOT BORED WITH THE LITTLE SHIT AND RIPPED IT OUT OF ITS SHELL, PERFECT FOR MAKING A HANDY LYRE. SADISTIC LITTLE FUCK.
HERMES’ AIM WAS TO STEAL HIS BROTHER APOLLO’S HERD OF CATTLE; EITHER BECAUSE HE WANTED TO BE A HERDSMAN, OR HE WAS JUST FUCKING HUNGRY. HE SOON GOT TO THE CATTLE, AND HIS CUNNING PLAN INVOLVED GIVING THEM SOME SNAZZY BOOTS, SO THEY COULDN’T BE TRACKED. HE ALSO PUTS HIS OWN SANDALS ON BACKWARDS TO MAKE THINGS CONFUSING. PRETTY FUCKING SNEAKY FOR A NEWBORN BABY.
HERMES CASUALLY LEADS THOSE BOVINE FUCKERS AWAY, THINKING BACKWARDS FOOTPRINTS MEANT THEY COULDN’T BE TRACKED. CUNNING. HERMES HID THE CATTLE, WENT BACK TO HIS SHITTY CAVE AND HID IN HIS LITTLE CRADLE.
APOLLO IS THE GOD OF FUCKING PROPHECY SO IT DIDN’T TAKE HIM LONG TO FIND OUT WHAT FUCKERY HAD GONE DOWN. HE SHOWS UP AT HERMES’ CAVE REALLY MAD, BUT CUTE ICKLE HERMES IS JUST SLEEPING ADORABLY. APOLLO DOESN’T GIVE A SHIT, GRABS HIS BABY BROTHER AND GOES TO COMPLAIN TO DADDY ZEUS.
HERMES GIVES ZEUS SOME SHITTY EXCUSES, BUT EVENTUALLY CONFESSES. ZEUS JUST FINDS ALL THIS SHIT SO FUCKING HILARIOUS HE LETS HIM OFF, AS LONG AS THE BROTHERS GET ALONG.
SO HERMES GIVES APOLLO THE SHITTY LYRE HE MADE FROM HIS TORTOISE BUDDY, AND APOLLO GIVES HERMES SOME FLASHY STICK FOR HERDING CATTLE WITH, AND THEY BECOME BEST BUDDIES. FINALLY ZEUS MAKES HERMES HIS MESSENGER, TO KEEP THE LITTLE FUCKER OUT OF MISCHIEF.
Another great gift from my boyfriend.. I also got some vintage Chanel earrings.. I may post them tonight when I put them on..
He’s been such a good boy lately. ❤️
Now all I need a 10ct wedding ring lol 😜