Odyssey Book 10 Summary

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Odysseus and men sail from land of Cyclopes to Aeolian island, home of Aeolus, ruler of the winds
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Aeolus gives Odysseus bag containing all winds; he stirs up westerly wind to guide Odysseus and crew home
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Within ten days, they are in sight of Ithaca; Odysseus’ shipmates think Aeolus has secretly given Odysseus fortune in gold and silver; shipmates tear bag open
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Winds escape and stir up storm that brings Odysseus and men back to Aeolia; Aeolus refuses to help them, certain that gods hate Odysseus and want to harm him
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Lacking wind, Odysseus and men row to land of Laestrygonians; unnamed queen of Laestrygonians turns Odysseus’ men to dinner
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Odysseus and remaining men flee; Laestrygonians pelt their ships with boulders and sink them; only Odysseus’ ship escapes
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Odysseus and men travel to Aeaea, home of Circe; Circe drugs group of Odysseus’ men; turns them into pigs
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Odysseus about to go rescue them; Hermes, in form of young man, tells Odysseus to eat herb called moly to protect himself from Circe’s drug; tells him to lunge at her when she tries to strike him w/ her sword
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Odysseus follows instructions; overpowers Circe and forces her to change men back to human; Odysseus becomes Circe’s lover; he and his men live w/ her in luxury for one year
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Odysseus’ men finally persuade him to continue voyage home; Odysseus asks Circe for way back to Ithaca; she tells him he must sail to Hades to speak with spirit of Tiresias
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Next morning, Odysseus wakes men up for departure; finds out Elpenor got drunk the previous night, slept on roof, woke up, fell, and broke his neck; Odysseus’ men not happy because Hades will be brutal

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