The Trojan War was not an easy time. My men and I fought for our lives, and most of us survived. The hard and exhausting war lasted for 10 years.
Fighting men in the Trojan War
After the war, the first place I ended up was the island of Cicone. The Cicones' army attacked me and my men because we took some of their things. I told my men to be quick while on the island, but they took their sweet time and the Cicones saw us.
Next, we came to the coastline of the Lotus Eaters. The Lotus Eaters showed that they were no harm, and they offered sweet Lotus to our friends. The people who ate the Lotus never cared about making it back to their homeland. I told my men that we were leaving a soon as I figured that out, and we set sail.
The Cyclops was a huge, one eyed creature. My men and I made the mistake of entering the Cyclops' home, and helped ourselves to his food. When he came in didn't like that. He was very angry, so I gave him many glasses of wine so he would be drunk and not know what's going on. I could tell by the way he was acting, the time was right. I stabbed him in his eye so he couldn't see us, and we left his island right then.
Next, we landed on the island of Aeolia. Aeolus, god of wind, decide to give me a bag full of wind so there would be no wind on our journey home. My men were very curious of what was in the bag, so when I was sleeping, they opened the bag. All of the wind blew out, and we were blown far away.
The island of Laestrygonians was a rough stop for us. The Laestrygonians were gigantic cannibals, and they destroyed all of our ships accept the one I was on.
I went back to Circe to ask for help to get back to Ithaca. She tried to persuade me to stay with her.
I then was at the Land of the Dead. I went to see Teiresias of Thebes. I talked to Teiresias about my fate and what lies ahead of me. He told me that I will return to my palace and my wife. During this time, I saw my mother, who I didn't know had died.
Odysseus in the land of the dead
I told my men to pass Thrinakia, where Helios lived. The crew went to the island anyway, so I told them not to touch the cattle. My men disobeyed me, so we were going to be punished.
When we set sail again, Zeus stuck our ship with a thunderbolt. All of my men were dead. I was the only survivor.
Nearly dead, I made my way to Calypso's island. Calypso was deeply in love with me and I had no way of getting her to let me go. Finally, Zeus sent Hermes to tell Calypso to let me go. She provided me with food and water for my journey home. In all, I was on her island for 7 years.
After my long journey, I finally made it back to Ithaca. I first met with the swineherd, and I saw our son Telemachus for the first time in 20 years.