The Cyclopes are primordial race of giants, each with a single eye in the middle of his forehead. The name literally means "round-eyed" They are the sons of Uranus and Gaia and closely related to the Titans.
On his way home, storms led Odysseus' ships to the Hidden Isle, the home of the Cyclops. Polyphemus, who started eating the crew of the ships. Odysseus managed to trick Polyphemus and along with his companions, blinded the Cyclops. Before they left, though, he did the mistake of revealing his identity to Polyphemus, who then told his father, the god Poseidon; this had a major impact on the hero's travel, as the god sent rough seas throughout the journey.
A man found a Cyclops on an island encased in ice. He freed him with an ax and the monster attempted to destroy him, but he lead the creature across another patch of ice covering a crevasse which was too thin to support his weight and the Cyclops found himself buried in the crevasse once again.
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