For the British ship, see HMS Hermes

Greco-Roman Deity
Pantheon: Ancient Greek
God of: Messenger of the gods;
God of commerce, thieves, travelers, sports, athletes, and border crossings, fish;
Guide to the Underworld;
Inventor of instruments for Musicians
Parents: Zeus and Maia
Children: Pan, Priapus, Autolycus, Hermaphroditus, numerous others
Turtledove Appearances:
"Myth Manners' Guide to Greek Missology"
Satirical Fantasy
Type of Appearance: Direct
The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump
POD: Prehistory
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference

In Ancient Greek mythology, Hermes, son of Zeus and Maia, was the Olympian god of boundaries and of the travelers who cross them, of shepherds and cowherds, of orators and wit, of literature and poets, of athletics, of weights and measures, of invention, of commerce in general, and of the cunning of thieves and liars.

The Romans conflated Hermes with their messenger god Mercury.

Between 1916 and 1945, the United States minted the Winged Liberty Head Dime. This coin featured a female character who was frequently mistaken for the boy-child Hermes, and thus came to be known as the Mercury dime.

Hermes in "Myth Manners' Guide to Greek Missology"[]

Hermes let Andromeda wear his winged shoes on her divine mission to vanquish the Gorgons.[1]

Hermes in The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump[]

Hermes was saved from extinction by being made the patron god of hermetically sealed doors, which were guarded by spirits called Herms.[2]

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  1. See, e.g., Counting Up, Counting Down, pgs. 274-276, TPB.
  2. The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump, loc. 1561, ebook.