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Poseidon, God of the Sea

Poseidon with his trident

 

The Trident is the sea god Poseidon's weapon and his Symbol of Power which was forged for him by the three Elder Cyclopes.

History

Forging the Trident

Poseidon's elder brother, Hades, was very skilled in navigating under the earth, was able to lead all of his siblings into Tartarus, with the intention of freeing the Elder Cyclopes (Arges, Brontes, and Steropes) and Hekatonkheires (Cottus, Gyges, and Briares). All six of them were imprisoned in the maximum-security zone of Tartarus, surrounded by huge bronze walls, and a lava moat, guarded fierce demons. Their guardian, Kampê was the most ferocious and fearsome monster in all of Tartarus, and even Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades initially shuddered with horror when they saw the infernal monster for the first time. However, the gods overcame their fear, and were able to sneak in. Zeus managed to talk to the Cyclopes Brontes, and convinced him to forge powerful weapons for him and his siblings (which would be more powerful than Kronos' Scythe) behind Kampê's back. Together with his brothers Steropes and Arges, Brontes forged three incredibly powerful weapons, the second of which was the Trident, which was given to Poseidon. The power of the Trident imbued Poseidon with the "might of a hurricane", and he tested his new mighty weapon by striking the earth, which generated a strong earthquake. Shortly thereafter, after Zeus killed Kampê, Poseidon used his Trident to shatter the chains of the Elder Cyclopes and Hekatonkheires, releasing his six uncles.

The First Titanomachy

Shortly thereafter, Poseidon successfully wielded his new mighty weapon during the subsequent 11-year-long war with his father Kronos and the other Titans. The Titans initially had the upper hand in the battles, since they were very skilled, and much more experienced warriors. Poseidon, however, quickly became a skilled, dangerous, and ferocious warrior as well, and, greatly contributed to the ultimate downfall of Kronos and Titanic his followers. During the final battle, Poseidon used his Trident to generate massive earthquakes, and to defeat any Titan who got in his way.

Poseidon's Symbol of Power

After the Titanomachy, the gods (who now called themselves the Olympians) chose Mount Olympus as their official residence, and Zeus as their King, while Poseidon replaced Oceanus as the Lord of the Oceans and Seas. Hence, while the Trident remained Poseidon's personal weapon in times of need, it also became his symbol symbol of power, along with the horse, the bull, and the dolphin. He wielded the Trident on multiple occasons, most notably while fighting sea monsters, or sinking ships of mortals who had angered him.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Titan's Curse

At the Council of the gods on Winter Solstice, Poseidon sides with his son Percy's judgment. He declares that he wouldn't allow the death of the Ophiotaurus, his Trident appearing in his hand when he was angered.

Film

The Lightning Thief

Poseidon first appears with his trident when he walks out of the ocean. Percy creates a trident made out of water to attack Luke on the top of the Empire State Building.

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Poseidon with his Trident as shown in the film

Description

It is a three pronged spear with thick energy bolts surging through it. To regular mortals, it appears as a surfboard, fishing rod, or ice cream, when he is by the beach due to the Mist. There is an attachment for Poseidon's trident on his throne, where one would expect a fishing pole on a mortal fisherman's chair.

Abilities

With it, Poseidon has the ability to control the ocean, shake the earth, and shatter any object. It can also project massive beams of blue light that can transform targets or even outright destroy what it hits. It is shown that when he hits a sea monster, it transforms into a goldfish. In The Last Olympian, the Trident is shown to be powerful enough to instantly destroy a giant squid, which was "larger than any skyscraper", dissolving it like "food coloring". Poseidon later told Percy, "If I hadn't looked before I blasted, you would be a puddle of sea water". It is also said that earthquakes are caused when Poseidon strikes his trident into the ground. That is why Poseidon is called "The Earthshaker". Furthermore, since he also uses his Trident to call up sea storms, Poseidon is also referred to as "The Stormbringer." 

Trivia

  • The trident is the astronomical symbol of the planet Neptune.
  • In myth, the most common origin for the trident is it was created by the Elder Cyclopes along with Zeus' Master bolt and Hades' Helm of Darkness. The books use the less common story of the Telekhines forging it. It is able to control all bodies of water.
  • It is only rivaled by the Master Bolt and the Helm of Darkness.
  • It is the only Symbol of Power of the Big Three that wasn't stolen by Luke.
  • As shown in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Poseidon used the Trident to smash the chains of the Elder Cyclops and Hekatonkheires, freeing them from Tartarus.
Items
Personal Weapons: Riptide | Annabeth's Knife | Backbiter | Frank's Spear | Hazel's Spatha | Katoptris | Nico's Sword | Thalia's Spear | Aegis | Maimer | Kronos' Scythe | Ivlivs | Master Bolt | Poseidon's Trident | Sword of Hades | Reyna's Spear | Hades' Staff | Juno's Gladius | Drakon Bone Sword
Magical Items: Annabeth's Yankees Cap | Helm of Darkness | Keys of Hades | Flying Chariot | Golden Apple | Greek Fire | Hermes' Multivitamins | Leo's Magical Toolbelt | Nectar and Ambrosia | Pandora's Pithos | Winged Shoes | The Golden Fleece | Stygian Ice Whistle | Serapis' Staff
Spoils of War: The Minotaur's Horn | Medusa's Head | Kampê's Scimitars | Nemean Lion's Pelt | Gorgon Blood | Cornucopia
Items: Camp Necklace | Chameleon Armor | Daedalus' Laptop | Golden drachma | Mark of Athena | The Pax | Video Shield | Wristwatch Shield | Golden Mango | Sibylline Books
Blessed Metals: Celestial Bronze | Imperial Gold | Stygian Iron

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