While on the island of Polyphemus, the frightful one-eyed beast, Odysseus and his companions remained imprisoned like birds in a cage.
With all their force, they were trying to open the door of the cave, but it was impossible.
Then suddenly Odysseus noticed a large olive branch and brilliant idea flashed into his mind. He took the branch and transformed it into a big prick
with his sword. Then he hid the prick in the dung.
"If we succeed to blind the beast with this prick, we might be able to escape!"
So said Odysseus and explained his plan to his companions.
The next evening the frightful Cyclops ate two more companions of Odysseus without remorse. Then Odysseus gave him a cup of wine which he drank in one gulp.
"Give me more to drink and tell me your name. I'll return the favor and eat you last."
Odysseus gave him more wine to drink and told him: "My name is Nobody!"
The Cyclops drank a lot, stretched his back and soon he fell asleep.
Odysseus then put the wood in the fire and with the help of his commpanions, he rammed it firmly in the eye of the Cyclops.
With a screamed of pain, the Cyclops began to shout at the other Cyclopes.
"Why on earth are you shouting in the middle of the night?"
"Brothers, Nobody tried to kill me! With fraud, not with bravery!"
"Since nobody wants to kill you, why are you yelling? Are you crazy? Then beg your father Poseidon to heal you!"
So they told him and they left. They were angry and sleepy.
Polyphemus tried to catch the strangers but in vain.
Soon the sheep started bleating and Polyphemus realized that it was dawn.
He opened the entrance but reached out with his hands to catch the strangers if they dared to leave.
But the wily Odysseus tied his companions under the bellies of the rams and sent them out of the cave.
Then he hooked himself under the largest ram and left the cave as well.
Quickly, Odysseus and his companions ran on board of their ship and got away from the damned island of the Cyclops.
While at sea, Odysseus shouted to the blinded Cyclops:
"Polyphemus, you savage and hostile beast, if anybody asks who blinded you, tell him it was Odysseus, son of Laertes of Ithaca!"
Full of despair, Polyphemus grabbed a huge rock, threw it at where he heard the voice and almost crushed the ship.
Soon, Poseidon would avenge the blinding of his son and send several storms to the sea, in order to torture Odysseus and his men in their next wanderings.