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March Comes In like a Lion



As the title might suggest (or I’m yanking stuff out my keister) this month (March) I’ll be covering mythological critters that are lions with supernatural elements to them, or are a hybrid of creature with Lion bitties. These posts will be bare bone posts, so no extra flair this month. Todays topic will be the famous Nemean lion that Heracles killed as part of his many labors.

Lets take a look at a blurb from wik.

The Nemean lion (/nɪˈmiːən/; Greek: Νεμέος λέων, translit. Neméos léōn;[1] Latin: Leo Nemeaeus) was a monster in Greek mythology that lived at Nemea. Eventually, it was killed by Heracles (Hercules). Because its golden fur was impervious to attack, it could not be killed with mortals' weapons. Its claws were sharper than mortals' swords and could destroy any strong armour. In Bibliotheca, Photius wrote that the dragon Ladon, who guarded the golden apples, was his brother.[2]

The nemean lion was the first of 12 labors Heracles had to perform. His hide was impenetrable which Heracles had no former knowledge of until he shot an arrow at the beast and it bounced harmlessly off its thigh. Heracles eventually corralled the lion in its den by blocking one of its two entrances and then walking in the other before strangling it to death with his bare hands. Despite the hide being impenetrable, Heracles managed to skin the Nemean lion due to Athenas aid as she told him to use one of the animals own claws. He then used its hide as a cloak.


For a more in depth look follow the link below.


Edited by newbloodmoon


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