Webtoon Lore Olympus Continues As Highest Trending


In the world of webtoons, it is no surprise that the webtoon Lore Olympus is still considered the highest trending. It now holds 34.2M hearts, a 9.7-star rating, and over 4.8M subscribers on the Webtoon platform. Rachel Smythe is the webtoon’s creator, illustrator, and writer, and she employs a team that assists in making quality work. Its current editor is Annie LeHue, and the current color assistants include Karen P., M. Rawlings, and Joey Ahumada. Click here to also see the past team members.

The Synopsis of the Webtoon Lore Olympus

Lore Olympus is a modern retelling of the Greek myth about Persephone, who is the goddess of spring. Anyone who knows the original tale will know that the story, simply put, is about Hades kidnapping Persephone to make her his wife. Hades makes Persephone queen of the underworld but can only keep her six months out of the year to appease her mother Demeter, who gets to keep her the other six months of the year. For more information on the actual myth, click here.

Lore Olympus itself portrays the myth through a more romantic lens; Persephone and Hades actually fall in love with each other. It starts with Persephone who comes to Olympus to start college through a scholarship program that requires her to remain an eternal maiden (celibate). This is one of the themes in the story as her feelings for Hades grow and she longs for independence.

An image of the webtoon Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe.

Photo taken from the @usedbandaid Instagram account, which belongs to to the Lore Olympus creator Rachel Smythe.

There are other love stories and character plots on the side, like the story of Psyche and Eros. However, the main focus is on Persephone. Persephone and Hades first meet at a party after Hades is ditched by his date, Minthe. He sees Persephone across the room and makes a comment about her beauty rivaling Aphrodite’s. Aphrodite overhears him and immediately takes revenge. She has her son Eros drug Persephone and hide her in Hades’ car to embarrass her and Hades both. However, the revenge backfires as Hades finds Persephone, takes care of her, and they make an emotional connection.

The webtoon Lore Olympus also focuses on mature themes like trauma, abuse, and even assault. These themes may be too intense for some interested readers, so take care before reading. This story also features lots of gossip, forbidden love, jealousy, and schemes.

The Main Characters

Persephone: The goddess of spring. She is a petite, pink woman who is naive and the main character that Lore Olympus follows.

Hades: The god of the underworld. He is a large, blue man who is powerful but kind. He is Peresphone’s love interest and the other main character in Lore Olympus.

Artemis: The goddess of the hunt. She is a purple woman who is a strong tomboy. She is Apollo’s sister, Persephone’s friend, and also an eternal maiden.

Zeus: The king of the gods. He is a large, purple man who is powerful but a playboy. He is the brother of Hades and Poseidon and Hera’s husband.

Poseidon: The god of the sea. He is a large, green man who is powerful, but also a bit dense. He is also the brother of Hades and Zeus.

Hera: The goddess of marriage. She is a beautiful, yellow woman who is also powerful and married to Zeus. She handles family issues and helps look after Persephone.

Minthe: A river nymph. She is a red woman who is jealous of Persephone since she was Hades’ lover before he met Persephone.

Aphrodite: The goddess of love and beauty. She is a self-absorbed, light purple woman. She is the mother of Eros and pranks Hades and Persephone at the beginning of the webtoon.

Eros: The god of love. He is a light purple/pink man who is kind and sensitive but also self-absorbed at times. He is the son of Aphrodite, Psyche’s lover, and Persephone’s friend.

Demeter: The goddess of the harvest. She is a green woman with purple hair. She is a helicopter parent to Persephone and pushes her towards eternal maidenhood.

There are many other characters in the webtoon Lore Olympus. Check them out to see their connections to the webtoon story.

What to Know About Lore Olympus

An image of Persephone and Hades from webtoon Lore Olympus.

Photo was taken from the @usedbandaid Instagram account belonging to the Lore Olympus creator, Rachel Smythe.

There is much to be said for Lore Olympus and its popularity. One could say it’s so popular because of the themes and issues it addresses, or because it’s a fun retelling of Greek mythology. Mythology and fantasy will never go out of style, especially if the readers can relate to the content. I think the art is also quite unique; it’s not your typical animation style. All of the characters are colorful, and in some scenes, the strokes almost look like watercolor. The art style is so visually appealing that it can definitely keep readers engaged.

Due to its popularity, the webtoon Lore Olympus will also have a television series based on it.  In October 2019, the Jim Henson Company apparently announced its collaboration with Webtoon to create this series. It is not known when the television series will come out, but it’s something to look forward to.

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