The Muses were the daughters of Wit an Charm, the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne.
Landing on an Island
Odysseus longs to go home to his family in Ithaca, even though he was captured by the lovely nymphs Calypso and Circe who wanted him to stay with them.
The Loftus Eaters
Ten years have passed since the fall of Troy, and the Greek hero Odysseus still has not returned to his kingdom in Ithaca. A large and rowdy mob of suitors who have overrun Odysseus's palace and pillaged his land continue to court his wife, Penelope.
All the gods except Poseidon gather again on Mount Olympus to discuss Odysseus’s fate. Athena’s speech in support of the hero prevails on Zeus to intervene. Hermes, messenger of the gods, is sent to Calypso’s island to tell her that Odysseus must at last be allowed to leave so he can return home.
A storm sent by Zeus sweeps them along for nine days before bringing them to the land of the Lotus-eaters, where the natives give some of Odysseus's men the intoxicating fruit of the lotus.