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  • After roughly escaping the grasp of the sweet Lotus, Odysseus and his men travel to the land of the Cyclopes.
  • "I'll make the crossing, in my own ship, with my own company, and find out what the mainland natives are--"
  • They find solace on a lush island filled with goats, across the bay from the mainland.
  • On the third day, Odysseus and a select group of men venture out the main island, and come across a large cavern.
  • Odysseus describes, the cyclops Polyphemus as a "prodigious" or huge man, who seemed to rather be a shaggy mountain compared to any ordinary human.
  • Aaaaargh!
  • When the group comes across many cheeses and stocks full of lambs. They entreat Odysseus to take the goods and leave, but he wants to stay.
  • (It doesn't end well for Odysseus' men.)
  • Zeus help us!
  • The group waits till morning to make their last ditch effort against the cyclops.
  • When he is out, they sharpen and harden a branch and hide it. When the giant returns, Odysseus offers wine to him, and announces his name as Nobody, the last thing the cyclops hears before he passes out, drunk.
  • Odysseus and his men then proceeded to plunge the burning branch into his eye, blinding him.
  • As he blundered around in a rage, yelling, the neighboring cyclopes check to see what happened.
  • I suppose he is fine then.
  • "Nobody, Nobody's tricked me, Nobody's ruined me!"
  • The men were able to sneak out under the bellies of the cyclops's grazing sheep, unbeknownst to the blind giant.
  • "Odysseus, raider of cities, took your eye: Laertes's son, whose home is on Ithaca!"
  • Although, our hero let his pride overcome him and made one fatal mistake...
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