After killing his family in an insane rage induced by Hera Hercules went to Eurystheus the King of Mycanae, and offered to be his slave.
He showed determination to complete the twelve tasks and make up for his actions.
Hercules went there, taking his bow a quiver of arrows and his club he always had with him. He found the lion's den, but the beast was out hunting, so Hercules waited.
Hercules felt nervous to face the beast.
He slammed his club over the lion's head; the club splintered but momentarily stunned the beast.
He felt courageous.
He cut off the tawny hide with the lion's own claws and took it back with him, but would not give it up to Eurystheus.
he felt pride for he had just defeated the lion.
1. The first labor was to KILL the Nemean Lion. 2. He had WON it as a trophy of war in a fair fight. 3.He found the lion's den, but the beast WAS out hunting. 4.Hercules JUMPED on the lion's back. 5. He CUT off the twang hide with the lion's own claw and took it back with him.