The Great Monster who nearly claimed Mount Olympus for his own.

Typhon, also known as Typhoeus is a character in old philosopher's myth. He débuts, with his appearance in around 700 BCE and usually ends at around the 9th Century. He recently appeared in the book "More in Heaven and Hell".

Typhon is a deadly and great Monster[2] in Greek Mythology that nearly took Mount Olympus for his own and overpowered Zeus.


Typhon was a monstrous snaky giant and the most deadly creature in Greek mythology. According to Hesiod, Typhon was the son of Gaia and Tartarus. However one source has Typhon as the son of Hera alone, while another makes Typhon the offspring of Cronus. Typhon and his mate Echidna were the progenitors of many famous monsters.

Typhon attempted to overthrow Zeus for the supremacy of the Cosmos. The two fought a cataclysmic battle, which Zeus finally won with the aid of his thunderbolt, which Hermes fetched for him. Defeated, Typhon was cast into Tartarus, or buried underneath Mount Etna. In later accounts Typhon was often confused with the Giants.

Attempt to Overthrow the Olympian CouncilEdit

Typhon challenged Zeus for rule of the cosmos. The earliest mention of Typhon, and his only occurrence in Homer, is a passing reference in the Iliad to Zeus striking the ground around where Typhon lies defeated. Hesiod's Theogony gives us the first account of their battle. According to Hesiod, without the quick action of Zeus, Typhon would have "come to reign over mortals and immortals". In the Theogony Zeus and Typhon meet in cataclysmic conflict:

Zeus thundered hard and mightily: and the earth around resounded terribly and the wide heaven above, and the sea and Ocean's streams and the nether parts of the earth. Great Olympus reeled beneath the divine feet of the king as he arose and earth groaned thereat. And through the two of them heat took hold on the dark-blue sea, through the thunder and lightning, and through the fire from the monster, and the scorching winds and blazing thunderbolt. The whole earth seethed, and sky and sea: and the long waves raged along the beaches round and about at the rush of the deathless gods: and there arose an endless shaking. Hades trembled where he rules over the dead below, and the Titans under Tartarus who live with Cronus, because of the unending clamor and the fearful strife.

So when Zeus had raised up his might and seized his arms, thunder and lightning and lurid thunderbolt, he leaped from Olympus and struck him, and burned all the marvellous heads of the monster about him. But when Zeus had conquered him and lashed him with strokes, Typhoeus was hurled down, a maimed wreck, so that the huge earth groaned.


Marital InformationEdit

  • Typhon was a loyal husband, despite his evil doings.


See AlsoEdit


  1. It has been confirmed that Typhon will appear in the third installment.
  2. Also the leader of the Monsters

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