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Scroll V returns to Olympus where the gods debate Odysseus fate We again see them decide that it is time for him to get home and send Hermes to tell Calypso to let him go Hermes goes to the beautiful island on which Calypso lives and tells her of the gods demands Calypso reluctantly agrees but only because it is Zeus command she is clearly very unhappy about it She tells Odysseus that she is going to help him get off the island on a raft and send him home He is at first suspicious of her and makes her promise that she means him no harm which she does They then start their preparations for his departure which mostly consist of Odysseus building a fine raft from tools that Calypso provides Then with gifts and favorable winds from Calypso Odysseus sets on his way Things go very well at first but then Poseidon returns and sees that Odysseus is once again on his way home He is too angry with Odysseus to let him get home yet so he calls up a great storm that wrecks Odysseus raft and threatens to drown him However a sea nymph named Ino sees Odysseus barely clinging on to his battered raft and gives him a magical veil that she says will keep him from any harm if he wears it She also instructs him to swim for the distant shore of Phaeacia Odysseus is suspicious of her since he feels the gods have not been entirely charitable with him of late and so he decides to wait until his raft is totally wrecked only then will he swim for it The raft soon breaks and he is forced to swim He survives the storm only with Athenas help eventually reaching Phaeacia However the coast of Phaeacia is rocky and the waves make Odysseus attempt to get onto the island potentially deadly After one painful attempt to land
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