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Hide of the Nemean Lion


In Greek mythology, the Nemean Lion was the offspring of Typhon and Echidna. It was a vicious beast with an impenetrable hide that ravaged the countryside around Nemea. King Eurystheus ordered Heracles to slay the beast and return with its hide as the first of twelve labors.

Heracles stalked the creature well into the afternoon, until he finally came upon it unnoticed. He fired two arrows at the beast, but the impenetrable hide turned them away harmlessly. The lion charged Heracles, who struck it in the head with his mighty olive-wood club. The club shattered, but the blow managed to daze the lion long enough for him to grab the lion by the throat and choke the life out of it.

Nothing in Heracles' possession was strong enough to skin the hide, so he used the Nemean Lion's own claws. He wore the hide as a cloak, which granted him the same protection as its previous owner.

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