When him and his/her brother Télamon killed their half-brother Phocos, Éaque banishes them; Shovelful left for the Phthie, in Thessalie, where the king of then, Actor (or his/her son Eurytion according to the versions) purified it of his crime, gave him his/her daughter Antigone in marriage and part of her kingdom.
Shovelful took part in the hunting of the Sanglier of Calydon, where it killed accidentally one of the participants (often Eurytion) and was again banished. It left to Iolcos, in Thessalie, where Acaste, the son of Pélias, purified it, and it took part in the funerary plays of Pélias where it fought with Atalante (and was overcome).
The woman of Acaste, Astydamie, fell in love with Shovelful. When it rejected it, she sent a message to his wife, saying that it was about to marry another woman; with this news, his wife hung herself.
Astydamy called to his/her husband that Pélée had made him advances. Acaste took along Pélée then to drive out on the Mont Pélion, and benefitted from its sleep to hide the magic sword that Dédale had forged to him, leaving it at mercy centaurs. The centaur Chiron, however, returned its sword to him; Shovelful captured Iolcos then and was avenged for Astydamia by killing it and while making go its army between the pieces of its cut out corpse.
The Thétis goddess was so beautiful, that all the gods (and in particular Zeus and Poséidon) coveted it. However they gave up it, because Prométhée predicts to him that it was intended to put at the world a son more powerful than his father. Zeus thus decided to leave Thétis to a mortal so that the prediction can be carried out without him to carry damage. Thétis resisted in advance of Shovelful, advised by Chiron, while being transformed successively into bird, snake, lion, fish, cuttlefish, water and on fire. But Pélée succeeds in subjecting it and being linked with it.
The son who was born from this union was Achille, whose education was entrusted to Chiron.
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