After being blown back to Aeolus by the winds in the bag being released, Odysseus was refused to be helped again. Therefore his men and himself were forced to row themselves towards the Laestrygonians.
When arriving at the Laestrygonians king, a giant by the name of Antiphates made some of Odysseus's men into dinner. Odysseus and the men not turned into a giants dinner, fled to their boats, however the giants then began throwing rocks at them and the boats, sinking all of their boats but one, and killing some men.
The remaining men swiftly left, and landed in Aeaea, home to the witch-goddess Circe. Circe gives Odysseus's men a drug that turned them into pigs, and Odysseus goes to help them.
On his way to rescue his men, Odysseus is visited by Hermes, coming in the form of a young man, who gives a leaf of the herb moly to Odysseus which would work against Circe's drug. He tells Odysseus to take the drug and then as Circe tries to strike him to lunge and overpower her.
Odysseus then follows the instructions given by Hermes, and overpowers Circe, turning his men back into humans. The men stay for one year before deciding to continue their journey. Odysseus then asks Circe how to get to Ithaca, who tells him to go to the Underworld and speak with Tiresias.
The next day, Odysseus and his men set off on their journey to the Undereworld.