Cyclopes were a race of one eyed giants.
A majority of the Cyclopes were the children of Poseidon. Many Cyclopes worked in the forges of Hephaestus.
The first Cyclopes were raised by Ouranos and Gaea. Ouranus was not pleased with the monsters and imprisoned them until Cronos overthrew him. During Kronos' rule, he did not release the Cyclopes, so his mother Gaea, his son Zeus, and his wife Rhea plotted against him. During the war against the Titans, Zeus went into Tartarus and freed the Cyclopes, and with their help won the war. They also created Zeus' weapon of lightning.
Weaponsmiths of the gods, the three eldest Cyclopes, and the sons of Gaea and Ouranos. They were the primeval gods of storms, like their brothers the Hekatonkheires, particularly of thunderstorms and lightning. They helped Hephaestus in his forges.
These Cyclopes created the lightning bolt, Poseidon's Trident, Artemis' silver bow and Apollo's golden bow.
Many Cyclopes of Cyclops population were the children of Poseidon. Some helped in the forges of Hephaestus while others lived in isolation such as Polyphemus and the other Cyclopes on his island. The Southern Cyclopes are mostly children of Poseidon and the northern ones bred by Cyclopes.
- Most Cyclopes
Southern Cyclopes were sheep Herding giants. Odysseus met one: Polyphemus, during his travel back to Ithaca.