He is the son of the god Zeus and the mortal woman Alkmene. Herakles is strong and courageous. He is dressed in a lion's skin, carries a club of olive wood, and is an expert with the bow and arrow. Hera, the queen of gods, designs some difficult tasks for Herakles to do and hopes they will kill him. These tasks are called The Labors of Herakles. He finishes them all with success and Zeus makes him immortal.