Hermes used a tortoise shell and sheep guts to build the first lyre.
When he stumbled upon a pasture, he stole 50 cows from Apollo, who was a herdsman at the time.
Apollo looked for his cows, and an omen led him to the cave where Hermes was.
Hermes denied stealing his cows, so Apollo carried him before Zeus, where he charged him with theft.
Apollo overheard Hermes playing his lyre and offered him his whole herd of cows in exchange for it.
Hermes promised never to lie and steal again if Zeus made him his messenger and Zeus agreed.
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