Earth objected, and sent a giant scorpion to kill Orion, which succeeded.
Orion then went to Crete and hunted with Artemis and Leto; he threatened to kill every beast on Earth.
In another story, Apollo objected to Artemis' love for Orion, and (seeing Orion swimming with just his head visible) challenged his sister to shoot at that mark, and she hit and killed him.
Several sources tell different stories of how Artemis killed Orion, either with her arrows, or by producing the Scorpion.
Poussin painted a Landscape with Orion, after Lucian's description of the picture of Orion recovering his sight.
The diversity of myths surrounding Orion have provided a fertile field for speculation about the prehistory of this particular mythological figure.
Lucian described a picture with Orion simply walking into the rising sun close by Lemnos, with Cedalion on his shoulder.
Orion is mentioned in the oldest surviving Greek literature.
Nevertheless, the Hellenistic writer Eratosthenes has given a fairly long summary of Hesiod's Astronomy, wherein Orion is described as the son of Poseidon and Euryale, daughter of Minos.
Karl Kerйnyi, in Gods of the Greeks, portrays Orion as a giant of Titanic vigor and criminality; born outside his mother like Tityos or Dionysus.
The Latin writer Gaius Julius Hyginus, for example, offers a colorful account of Orion's birth and death.
The mythographers connect Orion genealogically with other stories.
Another mythographer, Liberalis, tells of Menippe and Metioche, daughters of Orion, who had themselves (literally) sacrificed for their country's good, and were transformed into comets.
Orion's birth from the hide he compares to a West African rainmaking charm, and claims that the son of Poseidon should be a rainmaker.
Oenopion doesn't want to marry her off to someone like Orion, and eventually Orion, in frustration, breaks into her bedchamber and rapes her; the text implies that Oenopion blinds him on the spot.
Other mythographers have Orion healed by Aesculapius on Naxos, with no mention of Lemnos at all.
Roman legends, for example, describe Orion as earthborn and of enormous stature but contain different stories about his death.