Zeus and his son Hermes decided to leave their palace at Olympus and go into the World pretending to be beggars.
Zeus and his son would travel around the town asking for people to take them into their homes, but no one would let them come into their homes. Everyone would just yell at them for them to go away.
Finally, Zeus and Hermes arrive at one of the worst looking cottages in the town. An elderly man and his wife came to the door and welcomed them into to their humble home.
The man and his wife welcome them into their home and fed them what they had. Philemon (the elderly man) had a small pitcher of wine and realized that no madder how much he poured the pitcher was always full. Him and his wife finally realized that their guests were gods.
When the elderly coupled bowed down to the gods and apologized for what they had served them, Zeus thanked them from their generosity and would reward them. The two gods led the couple up the hill and the town vanished before their eyes. The village was punished for their wickedness. As they continued walking, they saw a palace. Zeus told them that this would be their new home.
Zeus said that the couple could be rewarded with anything they want. They wished to serve him and his son as priests. Their final wish was for them to die together, so that not only one of them would be left without the other. One day the couple was working and the man saw his wife sating to grow bark and he looked at him self and he was also growing bark. As the two were dying the both became trees. The Oak and The Linden.