Penelope gets Odysseus’s bow out of the storeroom and announces that she will marry the suitor who can string it and then shoot an arrow through a line of twelve axes.
Odysseus follows Eumaeus and Philoetius outside. He assures himself of their loyalty and then reveals his identity to them by means of the scar on his foot.
Telemachus tells Eumaeus to give Odysseus the bow. Needless to say, Odysseus easily strings it and sends the first arrow he grabs whistling through all twelve axes.
Before the suitors realize what is happening, Odysseus shoots a second arrow through the throat of Antinous.
Odysseus finally reveals himself, and the suitors become terrified. They have no way out, since Philoetius has locked the front door and Eumaeus has locked the doors to the women’s quarters.
Eurymachus tries to calm Odysseus down, insisting that Antinous was the only person, but Odysseus announces that he will spare none of them. Eurymachus then charges Odysseus, but he is cut down by arrow. Amphinomus is the next to die, at the spear of Telemachus.