As the men rowed on they got nearer to the mainland. At one end of the bay they saw a cave with many rams and goats. Odysseus decided to take his best fighters with him and leave the rest to watch the ship."I told the crew to stand by and keep watch over the ship: as for myself I took my twelve best fighters and went ahead" (565, line 134-137).
Once they got into the cave the men suggested that they take some food and go. However Odysseus wanted to see who lived in the cave and what he had to offer. He also wanted to give him an offering. "Why not take these cheeses, get them stowed, come back, throw open all the pens and make a run for it?" (565, line 167-169). "Yet I refused" (565, 172).
Where did they go?
When the cyclops did all his chores and lit his fire, he saw the men hiding in his cave. The cyclops got angry and ate two of Odysseus men. "Strangers, he said who are you? And where from? What brings you here by seaway- a fair traffic?" (566, line 197-198).
My name is Odysseus.
Poseidon, please let Odysseus never see his home again.
The Cyclops tried to keep Odysseus and his men in his cave and eat them in pairs. Odysseus came up with a plan to get the Cyclops drunk, so they can stab him in the eye to blind him. Odysseus told the Cyclops his name was Nohbdy so the Cyclops wouldn't be able to get him caught. "straight forward they sprinted, lifted it, and rammed it deep in his crater eye, and leaned on it turning it as shipwright tums a drill" (570, line 331-334).
The men hung on the bottom of the rams to get out of the cave when the Cyclops let the rams out. "the master stroked each ram, then let it pass, but my men riding on the pectoral fleece the giant's bling hands blundering never found" (571. 393-395).
Odysseus sailed away and told Cyclops his real name. The Cyclops prayed to his father (Poseidon) that Odysseus would never see his home again. "Cyclops if ever mortal man inquire how you were out to shame and blinded, tell him Odysseus" (574, line 457-459).