I warn you, Charybdis causes whirling maelstroms!
The god Aeolus, keeper of the winds, gave Odysseus a bag trapped with strong winds. He warned him to keep this bag closed. Aeolus then send off Odysseus' ship to Ithaca. When he fell asleep his crew opened the bag causing the winds to throw the ship off-course. It drove them back to Aeolus, who refused to help again. They arrived at Laestrygonian city of Telepylus; Laestrygones were giants ruled by a king. They killed Odysseus' men and destroyed many ships. Luckily, his escaped.
The Land of the Dead
I killed myself because I thought you were never coming back, I was lone-some.
When Odysseus and his men returned to Circe’s island, Circe first turned his men into pigs. Then she talked to Odysseus about what he would encounter on his voyage, such as the Sirens in their ships path, and how he should plug his oarsmen’s ears with beeswax, so no one would hear the calls of the Sirens. Circe also warned Odysseus of the Scylla, a monster with twelve tentacles, each unjointed, and its six heads, with three rows of fangs. Lastly Circe warns him of the Charybdis, a monster lurking below the dark sea tide, causing whirling maelstroms.
Sirens, Scylla, Charybdis
Odysseus landed on the island of Ogygia and met a girl met Calypso. She fell in love with him and kept him hostage as her husband for 7 years on the island. Athena saw his troubles and told the other gods. Then Zeus agreed that he must be freed and sent Hermes to demand Odysseus back from Calypso. Calypso helps him build a new boat and stocks it with provisions from her island.
I'll stop shining the sun if payment isn't made!
Odysseus travels to the underworld because Circe told him the dead prophet "Tiresias" will tell him how to get home. He first pours sheeps' blood as an offering to the spirits. As Odysseus was making the blood sacrifice, he kept the spirits at bay. The seer told him, if he and his men wish to return to Ithaca, they must not eat the herd of cattle belonging to the sun-god Helius on the island of Thrinacia. He then found his mom among many others in the land of the dead unaware that she had passed away. Tiresias spoke with Odysseus and reveals dangers before his arrival back home.
Odysseus put beeswax into his crews ears to make them not be able to hear the sirens and they then tied him up. He didn't do it for himself though. Because of this, when they started to sing, his crew remained unaffected, and they were also unable to hear his cries to unite him. The plan works and they pass safely. When his men hear the thundering surf, they get scared and drop their oars. Odysseus tells them to pick them back up, and that he will guide them through this. When the start to approach Scylla, Odysseus tries to find her, but couldnt see the monster. They continue to row until they run into Charybdis. Charybdis creates a whirlpool, and then the Scylla takes six of his men. They row on.
Odysseus' crew arrive at Thrinacia, despite Odysseus' warnings and eating Helios' cattle, which angers Helios. He threatens to stop shining the sun if payment isnt made. To apease him, Zeus strikes down Odysseus' ship, him being the only survivor. He eventually drifts onto Ogygia, home of Calypso, who keeps him for seven years.