Odysseus and his men then sail through the murky night to the land of the Cyclopes, a rough and uncivilized race of one-eyed giants
After making a meal of wild goats captured on an island offshore, they cross to the mainland
There they immediately come upon a cave full of sheep and crates of milk and cheese. The men advise Odysseus to snatch some of the food and hurry off, but, to his and his crew’s detriment, he decides to linger.
The cave’s inhabitant soon returns, it is the Cyclops Polyphemus. Polyphemus makes a show of hospitality at first, but he soon turns hostile. He devours two of Odysseus’s men on the spot and imprisons Odysseus and the rest in his cave for future meals.
Odysseus devises and executes a plan. While Polyphemus is outside pasturing his sheep, Odysseus finds a wooden staff in the cave and hardens it in the fire. When Polyphemus returns, Odysseus gets him drunk on wine that he brought along from the ship
As soon as Polyphemus collapses with intoxication, Odysseus drives the red-hot staff into his eye. Polyphemus came awake with a roar, tore the spike from his eye and began groping for us in his blindness.