|Goddess of the Hearth, Home, and Family|
|Guardian of Elpis|
|The Last Olympian|
|Family||Kronos (father) |
Hades, Poseidon, and Zeus (brothers)
Demeter and Hera (sisters)
|Greek/Roman form||Vesta (Roman)|
|Appearances|| The Lightning Thief |
The Last Olympian
|“||I am here because when all else fails, when all the other mighty gods have gone off to war, I am all that's left. Home. Hearth. I am the last Olympian.||”|
Hestia (meaning "hearth" or "fireside") is the eldest child of Kronos and Rhea. She is the virgin goddess of the hearth, home, the right ordering of domesticity, and family. She received the first offering at every sacrifice in the household. Her Roman counterpart is Vesta.
Hestia was the first born female child of the Titans Kronos and Rhea. She was the goddess of the hearth and home, and every household in Greece had a sacrificial flame in her honor. Like Hades, Poseidon, Demeter, and Hera, she was swallowed by Kronos, and spent her childhood inside his stomach, until her brother, Zeus, came and rescued her and her siblings. Because she was the first to be born and swallowed and the last to be to be thrown up by Kronos, she is called both the oldest and the youngest of Kronos' and Rhea's children.
When Percy Jackson first arrives, he mentions that he sees a young girl stoking next to the hearth. He didn't know that it was Hestia at the time.
Hestia first appears as an eight-year-old girl in Westport, Connecticut after Percy and Nico di Angelo meet Ms. Castellan. She tells Percy that in order to understand Luke Castellan, his enemy, he must first understand Luke's family. She gives Percy constant visions of Luke's upbringing as a way to gain insight as to what he has gone through and why he made the choices that he did. Hestia tells Percy that sometimes the hardest power to master is the power of yielding. She reminded Percy that when Dionysus was made a god she gave up her throne for him to avoid civil war among the gods.
Later during the Battle of Manhattan at Olympus, she helps Rachel Elizabeth Dare realize her destiny as the Oracle of Delphi. Hestia also reminds Percy that when all the other gods are away in the fight, hearth and home are what will always remain. Percy also entrusts her with Pandora's Pithos, which Prometheus had given him in order to tempt him into surrender. He claims that she should be its guardian because hope survives best at the hearth, and the Pithos does not continue to follow Percy relentlessly.
Later when Percy is fighting against Luke, who was possessed by Kronos, Backbiter is tossed into the hearth. When Kronos tried to retrieve it, Hestia appears in the fire and heats the scythe to such a degree that Kronos cannot retrieve it. Percy sees her image in the flames looking disapprovingly at her father. After Kronos is defeated and the war over, Percy returns to Camp Half-Blood and sees Hestia tending to the camp's hearth, mirroring the first time Percy saw her when he first arrived at camp. She winks at Percy, implying that she is content not being noticed, as long as some people do notice her once in a while.
Hestia appears to be of a calm and humble disposition, showing a higher degree of kindness than other gods who frequently take offense at the slightest provocation. She has a somewhat proudness to her quiet personality, and she is a very wise goddess and places priority maintaining peace and harmony amongst her family, the Olympians, by knowing when it is appropriate to give in. Having vowed to be a virgin forever, Hestia has no children and places value in chastity. Much like Artemis, she favors the form of a young girl most of the time, although she has been seen as a grown woman. She is fairly kind to Percy and Nico, as it is seen in the book, The Last Olympian.
Hestia is initially described as an eight year old girl with mousy-brown hair and "warm and cozy" eyes of red fire. She wears a simple brown dress or robes with a scarf wrapped around her head. Hestia is often seen with an iron staff that she uses to tend the hearth (as seen while tending the fire in The Lightning Thief).
Sacred AnimalHestia's sacred animal is the donkey after a party in Olympus.
Hestia was sleeping and Priapus wanted to take advantage of her. While he was coming to her bed, a donkey brayed out loudly. Hestia woke up screaming and ran away from Priapus. After that unpleasant situation, she declared that she was to be grateful and defined the donkey as her sacred animal.
Hestia can change into her Roman counterpart, Vesta. As Vesta, she becomes more disciplined, militaristic, and warlike. In ancient times, the Vestal Virgins were maiden priestesses who maintained the sacred fire that was spread to every Roman household. As such, it is possible that the Vestals are the Roman counterpart of the Hunters, but were less aggressive and didn't fight. Hestia was envisioned by the Greeks as the gentle goddess of domesticity whereas Vesta was considered to be the stern guardian of the Roman state and home.
Although Hestia claims to be the weakest Olympian, she is Kronos' eldest daughter, as well as the eldest Olympian overall, making her an extremely powerful goddess.
- She possesses the standard powers of a goddess.
- Pyrokinesis: As the goddess of the hearth, she has absolute control over fire.
- She can show others events from the past and present that deal with family.
- As the goddess of home and family, all things related to home and family relationships are under her power.
- She can summon delicious food, a power also exhibited by Hera. Percy says that her food tastes like the home-cooked meals everyone should have eaten while growing up.
- Hestia is able to send people back to their own hearth, as she did with Percy and Nico in The Last Olympian.
- Sanctuary: Hestia's influence protected any mortal that entered one of her temples from the wrath of the gods, and none of the gods could fight in her presence on Olympus.
- When asked to describe Hestia's cabin at camp, Rick Riordan said that she has no cabin because it just wasn't her style.
- As opposed to the twelve enthroned Olympians, Hestia does not seek attention or recognition, but exists contentedly at the hearth, the final guardian and place of solace one can turn to should they need her. Percy is of the opinion that she prefers to remain obscure.
- Hestia would be the last Olympian if the thrones of the gods are destroyed, as she relinquished her own throne and seat of power to Dionysus. Her power is enshrined in her realm- the hearth and home.
- She is one of the three virgin goddesses. The others are Athena (whose children are born through a meeting of minds, not bodies, as explained by Annabeth) and Artemis.
- Vesta, the second largest object in the asteroid belt, is named after Hestia's Roman counterpart.
- In The Lost Hero, Hera states "I am the goddess of family. My family has been divided for too long," which can be confusing as Hestia is considered the goddess of the family, center, and well-being.
- Percy describes her to look like eight or nine years old when he first meets her, but she appears older during his first visit to Olympus in The Last Olympian.
- The priestesses of her Roman counterpart Vesta were known as Vestal Virgins. Rhea Silvia, mother of Romulus and Remus was to become a Vestal Virgin, but wasn't able to due to her siring of Romulus and Remus by Ares (Mars).
- 4 Vesta, is an asteroid named after her Roman counterpart, Vesta.
- Vesta family, a group of asteroids, is named after her Roman counterpart.
- 46 Hestia, a large, dark main-belt asteroid, is named after her.
- In The Last Olympian, Hestia reveals that Nico was the first demigod to talk to her in ages.
- She seems to really like Percy Jackson, usually helping him if he asks for it.
- When Percy meets her, he remarks to himself about how similar her eyes are to Ares's eyes.
- Hestia was the first of the Olympian gods and goddess' to meet Percy, but the last one to be identified as such. This could be a reference to her old nickname Hestia first and last. This name was given to Hestia because she was the eldest of the Titans Kronos and Rhea's children, so she was the first to be born, but was the last one one to be regurgitated.
- Hestia's name means "home and hearth" in Greek.