Odysseus lands on the island of Aeolus, the wind king, and stays with them for a month. Right before Odysseus leaves, Aeolus gives him two parting gifts. Odysseus's men open the bag thinking it contains gold, however, the bad wind escapes and sends them back to the island.Then Odysseus and his men land on the island of Laestrygnones, which are fierce cannibals. They start throwing boulders leaving only Odysseus, his ship, and his 45 men surviving.
The Land of the Dead
Stand clear, put up your sword; let me but taste of blood, I shall speak true.
Odysseus and his men land on Circe's island. Odysseus splits his men into two groups. Eurylochus and his men encounter Circe and she turns all the men into pigs, but, Eurylochus was able to escape. Eurylochus tells Odysseus what happened and Odysseus goes to find Circe. When he finds Circe, she attempts to spell him but she doesn't succeed. Odysseus threatens her, so she turned his men back into humans, however, she says that they must go to the land of the dead and hear a prophecy from the ghost of Tiresias.
Sirens, Scylla, Charybdis
After everything that happened on Thrinacia only Odysseus was left alive. As time passed Odysseus drifted onto the island Ogygia, home of Calypso. Calypso keeps Odysseus on her island for seven years.
Odysseus goes to the underworld and the first shade Odysseus sees is Elpenor, one of his crew members who passed when he fell from Circe's roof. Elpenor begs for Odysseus to honor his death by building a burial mound. Then Odysseus see Tiresias. Tiresias drinks the blood of the sacrifice and then warns him not to eat the cattle at Thrinacia. He also tells him that he will be the only one to survive. After, Odysseus sees his mom. She tells him that she died of broken heart and that his father, son, and wife still mourn him.
When Odysseus goes back to Circe's island, she tells him about the dangers he will face. Odysseus was able to survive the dangerous journey by following the advice Circe gave him. To avoid the dangers of the Sirens the men put wax in their ears and tied odysseus to the mast of the ship. To avoid the dangers of the Scylla, a six headed monster that eats one person per head and the Charybdis, a whirlpool, the men steer the boat closer to Scylla because its better to lose six men than all the men.
Odysseus tried to convince his men not to stop at Thrinacia, island of Helios, the sun god. However, the men didn't listen to Odysseus and they also ignored his warning not to eat the cattle. This made Helios angry. Zeus then sent down a thunderbolt that sunk the ship and only left Odysseus alive.