Hey all! Welcome to our second Mythology Wednesday! Every Wednesday, both Erika from Books, Stars, Writing, and Everything in Between and I will be summarizing a myth or legend that is relevant to the current book in our read-along!
Erika’s topic this week is Sirens. Make sure to check it out! :)
Polyphemus vs. Nobody
So. Odysseus went on a lot of adventures, as you probably already know. The gods made him do all sorts of crazy things - fight Laestrygonians (giant cannibals), visit the witch-goddess Circe, encounter Sirens, survive whirlpools, got stuck on Ogygia... and had to escape from Polyphemus, a cyclops.
What happened with the Cyclops? Well, Odysseus and his group found an island, on which there was a cave. They decided to settle in the cave for the night. Some time later, Polyphemus came to the cave. Turns out it was his home.
Now, Polyphemus was a shepherd - he had a bunch of sheep on his island, and would bring them back inside the cave at night, and would move a huge boulder in front of the entrance to the cave to make sure none would escape at night. When he closed the ‘door’ that evening, and noticed Odysseus and his group... well... let’s just say he wasn’t happy. Enraged, he took two of the men and ate them. The others, seeing Polyphemus’s enormous strength, decided against doing anything.
The next morning, Polyphemus ate two more men before letting his sheep out. By that time, Odysseus and his group had devised a plan.
Obviously, the pain woke him up. He roared in pain so loudly that other cyclopses heard him. They rushed over and asked “Who is hurting you?” Polyphemus replied “Nobody is hurting me!”. Incredibly confused about the situation, and thinking that what was happening might be a punishment from the gods, the others ran away.
Now that he was blind, Odysseus and the others could easily escape. The next morning, when Polyphemus let the sheep out, they held on to the sheep’s stomachs, so that the cyclops could not feel them walk out. They went to the boat and managed to escape. Before they could be too far away, Odysseus called out his real name. When he realized he was tricked, Polyphemus started trowing rocks to the ship, missing every time.
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