Lotus-eaters are people who live on a small island. The lotus eaters will try to give the visitors a lotus flower, and if they smell it, the scent makes them not want to leave. The lotus eaters were and are a treat to anyone who visits the island because they wanted the visitors to stay. Some of his men did smell the flower which is how the rest of his men found out. Odysseus and his men were soon going to give up on going back home to his kingdom.