HADES X PERSEPHONE, king and queen of the underworld; (1/5) OTPs.
Persephone, a Greek goddess known in her childhood by the name Kore (tr. the young maiden), was the only child of the union of Demeter - goddess of the bountiful harvest - and Zeus, the mighty king of the Olympians. As signs of womanly beauty began to shine along side her childlike innocence, the adolescent goddess Persephone unwittingly attracted the attention of the Greek god Hades, brother of Zeus and ruler of the underworld.
The god Hades, however, did not bother to woo the young Persephone, but simply abducted her one day when she was gathering flowers with the Oceanids along with Artemis and Athena from a field. The meadow was suddenly rent open, and Hades simply reached out and snatched Persephone away, taking her to his underworld kingdom and making her his queen. Although the young goddess Persephone grew to love Hades, she remained lonely for her mother and the life she’d known on earth.
Her mother began an intensive search for Persephone. After learning how Zeus had betrayed their daughter, and consumed by grief and sorrow, Demeter demonstrated her outrage by withholding her blessing from the earth until Persephone was returned to her. Droughts ensued, and the earth lay barren. Mankind was facing a major famine. Finally, Zeus, pressed by the cries of the hungry people and by the other deities who also heard their anguish, forced Hades to return Persephone.
Hades complied and Persephone was released by Hermes, who had been sent to retrieve her, but because she had tasted food in the underworld - pomegranate seeds from Hades - she was obliged to spend a third of each year (the winter months) there, and the remaining part of the year with the gods above.
Each year as Persephone left to join her husband in the underworld, Greek mythology tells us that the goddess Demeter would begin to grieve, bringing on the cold, barren winters. But a few months later Persephone, the goddess associated with awakening, would return to bring spring and its verdant growth in her wake. Thus were the seasons established.
(2/5) OTPS ➝ Hades & Persephone
This is the season of abduction — fruit pulled
from branches and vines. The dense perfumes
of fresh jams and pies slice the slow dawn.
The maples and oaks turn thin and gray
with their testimony of bruised and bloodied leaves.
Drawn to the sanguine, tart sweet, ripe aroma,
hundreds of lusting eyes, I touch the dark
texture and remember my love’s rough hands,
the frantic tear and pull of desire.(x)
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fancasting meme - canon legends/myths/lore (2/2)
└ Abduction of Persephone
…but first gave her a kernel of a pomegranate to eat, whereby she became doomed to the lower world.
greek mythology: hades x persephone
persephone sits on the arm of hades’ throne of onyx and skulls. her arms are wrapped around his neck, palms resting on the marble of his bare chest. her head is light on his shoulder and her lips brush the lobe of his ear just barely as she whispers the stories of mortals into his ear. hades is cold, a skeleton come to life, shadow and bones made into a god. the underworld has hardened him, and years have passed since he’s been to the surface, since he’s seen the world of the humans. his wife’s stories are all he knows of it.
she tells him of machines, of devices. skyscrapers, camera phones and apps. she tells him about love, about human lives, stories of starlight. he hasn’t seen the stars in a long time but when she whispers to him he remembers.
he loves persephone. he loves her stories and her tenderness. the underworld has hardened her but her core remains as sweet. sometimes she angers him. sometimes for entertainment. winter makes her moody and her stubbornness is only matched by his. sometimes they clash but he loves her still.
and she loves him too. she’s spent centuries hating him, but it’s gotten old, the fighting’s become uninteresting. it took a while but the hate has given in to something else as she began to understand him and at times to even care for him.
she teaches him to live, explains emotions and feelings to him. in exchange he teaches her about power and she learns she has power over him too. she learns how to use it and at times he allows it.
THE DEATH OF ME | songs for persephonei. persephone’s youth chugjug - family of the year | snakes and ladders - basia bulat | northern lights - bowerbirds | this old dark machine - james vincent mcmorrow | lazarus - porcupine treeii. descent the dead waltz - radical face | red - okkervil river | family tree - dry the river | uprooted - the antlers | cosmic love - florence and the machine (acoustic)iii. queen of the underworld honey - the hush sound | violet hour - sea wolf | the artist - the hush sound | featherstone - the paper kites | collapse the light into earth - porcupine treeiv. the cycle adventures in solitude - the new pornographers | come and find me - josh ritter | rivers and roads - the head and the heart | changing seasons - sea wolf | history book - dry the riverv. an alternate life (bonus track): leaves in the river - sea wolf
♕ H A D E S T O W N » our lady of the underground
i got the wind right here in a jar, i got the rain on tap at the bar, i got the sunshine up on the shelf - allow me to introduce myself! brother, what’s my name? my name is our lady of the underground! brother, what’s my name? our lady of ways, our lady of means! brother, what’s my name? my name is our lady of the upside-down!