Hercules was challenged to kill the Nemean lion. The lion was very hard to kill. This was because the lion part supernatural and its skin could not be pierced by spears or arrows. Hercules route for action was to block off the lion’s exits while he crawled in the cave and strangled the lion until the lion died. Once he had won, Hercules wore the lion’sfur as a cloak and used its head as a helmet.
FOURTH LABOR: THE ERYMANTHIAN BOAR
Hercules was sent out to defeat the many headed Hydra. The Hydra lived in the swamps of Lerna. The many headed Hydra breath was lethal, and was enough to kill a human. The fight began and Hercules fought his rival. The Hydra twined his heads around Hercules. He brought out a ginormous crab. The crab bit Hercules in the heel and continued with his attack. Hercules was about to give up, when he called his nephew Iolaus and they began to chop off the heads of the Hydra and sear its neck with fire.
FIFTH LABOR: THE AUGEAN STABLES
Hercules was to capture the Cerynitian Hind. This was a female deer with golden horns and was fleet-footed. The deer was sacred to Artemis, the goddess of hunt. Hercules knew he should not hurt it, but he made the wrong decision. finally, he found it. The deer was running along a river, Hercules shot an arrow between its legs without drawing any blood at all. When Artemis found out that her sacred deer had been killed, Hercules blamed it on his taskmaster Eurystheus.
Hercules was to bring back an enormous boar back alive. When Hercules found the boar on a mountain, he drove the boar into a snowbank, restraining it. He flung it onto his shoulders and brought it back to Eurystheus, alive.
Hercules’ fifth task was to clean out the stables of King Augean in one day. Augean had many herds of cattle which produced so much manure that the entire Peloponnesus smelled bad. In order to do this, Hercules diverted two rivers through the stable yard and got the job done without getting dirty. But since Hercules had asked for a payment Eurystheus did not count this as a labor.
Hercules’ next task was to kill the Stymphalian Birds. These birds killed men by feasting on human flesh, and by shooting them with feathers of brass. The birds were annoying because therewere so many of them. So, Hercules took them down by the dozen with his arrows.