Aeolus gives Odysseus a bag containing all of the winds, and he creates a westerly wind to guide Odysseus and his crew home.
When they were in sight of Ithaca, Odysseus’s crew tore the bag open. The winds escaped and stirred up a storm that brings Odysseus and his men back to Aeolia. They row to Laestrygonians.
The king, Antiphates, and unnamed queen turn Odysseus’s scouts into dinner. Odysseus and his remaining men flee toward their ships, but the Laestrygonians sank the ships. Only Odysseus’s ship escapes.
Odysseus and his men travel to Aeaea, home to the beautiful witch-goddess Circe. Circe drugs some of Odysseus’s men and turns them into pigs. Hermes approaches him and tells Odysseus to eat a herb called moly to protect himself from Circe’s drug.
Odysseus forces Circe to change his men back to humans. Odysseus becomes Circe’s lover, and they live with her for a year. Odysseus later asks Circe for the way back to Ithaca. She replies he must sail to Hades to speak with Tiresias, a blind prophet who will tell him how to get home.
The next morning, Odysseus discovers that the youngest man in his crew, Elpenor, had gotten drunk the previous night and fell from the roof, breaking his neck. Odysseus tells the crew their new plan.