Aeolus, Laestrygonians, and Circe


After landing on the island of Aiolia, Ulysses and his men soon met the one and only Aeolus. He is well known as the god of wind. Aeolus is surprisingly welcoming towards them and listens to their story about the Trojan War. As a result, the ended up staying for about a month. As they were leaving, Aeolus gave Ulysses a bag of storm winds. The purpose of the winds was to blow them back to Ithaca. Ulysses keeps this item a secret from his men. Ithaca is soon in sight when something disastrous happens. The master opens the bag, when the raging winds appeared. The result of this is the ship got blown back and all nine days of their journey have just been erased.


Now lacking wind, the Achaeans row to the land of the Laestrygonians. The Laestrygonians are a breed of powerful giants who work for the king, Antiphates, and an unnamed queen. They ended up turning Ulysses's men into dinner. Ulysses and his surviving men fled to the ship but all of them were being guarded by Laestrygonians. As a result, only Ulysses's ship escaped.


After fleeing these crazy Laestrygonians, the survivors sailed Aeaea, which was the home of the beautiful witch Circe. As a witch, she poisoned a group of Ulysses's men and turns them into a pigs. As he was rescuing his men, Odysseus was halted be Hermes, in the form of a child. Hermes told him to eat a special herb, called moly, to protect himself from Circe's drugs and then lunge at her when she tries to fight him. Odysseus overthrows Circe and forces her to turn everyone back to a human. Soon, the two fall in love and ends up living with her for a year. Ulysses's men persuade him to go back to Ithaca, so he tries to ask Circe for the way back. She replies with saying that he has to travel to Hades, a.k.a the land of the dead. Will they make it home?