Hercules approached one of the Sheppard's who
seemed very sad. Hercules then asked him, "Why do you seem so
sad?" The Sheppard then replied, "We so dearly love this
mountain, but we have a very big problem. Their is a lion that hides in
the woods of this mountain, and every time it becomes hungry it eats one of our
sheep. We have tried to find the Lion and slay it but we have been unsuccessful."
Hercules decided that he would help the Sheppards
and went off to kill the Lion. Hercules went by a tree and chopped a tree
branch down which he made it into a club. He then waited by the path which
the Lion was known to pass through so that he could kill it.
When the Lion appeared Hercules jumped before it
and began to hit it across its' head trying to kill it. The Lion was strong
and fought very hard, if Hercules was not so bright he surely would have
died. When the Lion would attack, Hercules would guard himself from its
blows, but the Lion in its anger did not guard from the blows of Hercules but
would take them straight on. Soon the Lion had had enough and turned its
back to Hercules and tried to escape running away. This was the Lions
fatal error and Hercules running behind it pounced on it and hit it on its head
and body until the large beast died.
Hercules then returned to the Sheppards who praised him
for freeing them from the curse of the Lion, and his story was then told
throughout Thebes. Everyone then new that Hercules would have many more
stories which would be told about him .. and they awaited them!