Typhon was the hundred-headed giant conceived by Gaia and Tartarus to get revenge on Zeus for imprisoning the titans in Tartarus' underworld kingdom. Tyhpon cut away Zeus' muscles with the same sickle that Zeus had used against his own father, Cronos. Hermes found the muscles and restored them to Zeus who defeated Typhon. The giant was either pinned under the island of Sicily or banished to the underworld. His bitterness is expressed in the eruption of Mount Etna, a volcano in Sicily, and in the hostile winds of the earth which he is said to have fathered when he was in the underworld.

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