Hercules awaited the Hydra courageously
standing his ground as it began its' attack, neither flinching nor moving
back one inch of ground! Hercules grabbed his sword and proceeded to
slash the heads of the Hydra off one by one, but every time he cut a head
off two heads would appear in the one's place! What was worse is the
Hydra had a crab that it would send out to attack Hercules as
well. Hercules would attack the Hydra only to have the crab attack him
at his heel.
Hercules now needed patience and intelligence
two qualities that he possessed. With one strike of his sword Hercules
killed the attacking crab biting at his heel. Hercules then called
Iolas's nephew to bring a flaming torch. The Hydra seeing the death of
the crab began to attack Hercules far more viciously. As the Hydra
attacked Hercules would slice off a head, and Iolas's nephew would burn the
wound where the head was just previous, not allowing two more heads to grow in its'
place. However, the head at the center of the Hydra was immortal so Hercules
cut if off and buried it deep within the Earth covering it with sand and
slabs of heavy rock. Now finally the Hydra was far beyond the reach of
man, and Hercules had fulfilled one more task on his road to redemption!
It is said that Hercules's arrows were dipped
in the bile of the Hydra which was so poisonous that even a glance of an
arrow from Hercules meant certain death!