Odysseus follows Circe's advise and goes to the underworld, searching for Teiresias. Odysseus sees Elpenor, one of his comrades who died. He tells Odysseus to bury his body. Odysseus also sees his mother, who tells him she missed him. Finally, our hero meets the prophet who tells him how to get home and to stay away from red cows. And that Poseidon will make it difficult.
Odysseus also meets Agamemnon, Achilles, and Hercules. All the heroes share their stories to one another.
Don't eat the red cows, you hooligans!
But of course something had to mess up. More and more souls wanted to drink Odysseus' blood so they could also talk. Odysseus tried holding them back but he could not. So he ran away screaming, boarded his ship, and sailed away.
I lost all my friends and I just want to go home.
After returning to Circe's island to bury Elpenor, she warned him of the dangers ahead. She told him to sacrifice six men in order to save the rest of them. She warned of the sirens and Scylla and Charybdis. Odysseus had his men put wax in their ears and he tied himself to the front of their ship so he could hear the sirens. They made it safely past but Scylla and Charybdis took six of his men (they died.)
Odysseus didn't want to stop on the island of the sun, but Eurylochus protest and they stopped on the island. The day that they were going to leave, a storm hit. It lasted a month. During that time, Odysseus' men got hungry and thought the cows looked yummy. While Odysseus was praying, his men ate the biggest cow they could find. Helios got mad, talked to Zeus, and Zeus struck their boat when they left. Odysseus was the only surviver.
As predicted, Odysseus survives and he barely makes it pass Charybdis again. He eventually washes up on an island called Ogygia, where he meets Calypso, daughter of Atlas. Odysseus doesn't share what happened on the island before he left.