In book 12, Odysseus returns to Aeaea and visits Circe.
"Lose headway there along that rockface while you break out arms, and she'll swoop over you, I fear, once more, taking one man again for every gullet"(Homer1133).
Oddyseus returns to Aeaea to provide Elpanor with a proper burial.
Odysseus and his men encounter the Sirens where his men put wax into their ears to not hear the Sirens beautiful sound but Odysseus wants to hear so he has his men tie him to the mast of the ship. "The lovely voices in ardor appealing over the water made me crave to listen"(homer1134).
Odysseus and his men now have to pass the straits between Scylla and Charybdis. You have two options, go through the whirlpool where your ship will be torn apart or face the Scylla which is a six-headed monster that if you just go by it, it will take a crew member for each head. Odysseus chooses to sail by the Scylla.
After passing the Scylla, the men land on Thrinacia, the island of the sun, and home to the sun god Helios. Where they rest from their travels. A storm delays them to stay on the island for a month. The only rule for the island, do not eat the sacred cattle.