The Cyclops were the sons of the mother earth and the father sky. The sky thought they were so ugly that he shut them in an underground cave. Cyclops had one large eye in the middle of their bald head and stood over eight feet tall. They were excellent blacksmiths, and they built a forge in their cave and began smithing. The Greeks said that you could see the smoke coming out of mountains sometimes. Later, the Cyclops emerged from their cave and colonized a small island and became goat shepherds. Odysseus, who was a home coming warrior, came to the island but was captured. He managed to escape by blinding a Cyclops then disguising himself and his companions as sheep to get to their boat.