John McDonald on the uncanny goddess.
[W]e will now determine how, in the
oldest sense, deinon, the uncanny, for the Greeks can mean the unhomely, and then later
pursue the determination into its culmination in Sophocles. In Homer, Kalypso is the
deine theos, the uncanny Goddess, and is understood as preventing Odysseus
from returning home. This is why Heidegger can understand the deinon as opposing the
homely in the Greek. Athena says "[i]t is Laertes' son, whose home is in Ithaca. I have
seen him on a certain Island, weeping most bitterly: this was in the domains of the nymph
Kalypso who if keeping him with her there and thwarting return to his own country (from
Odyssey, IV, 549-643).
The connection between Lustre and the uncarmy (deinon) that captures ones' eye,
which is really the most important point of this whole thesis, and one that Heidegger does
not ever make explicitly but in nonetheless central to his entire theory, is brought out
quite explicitly when Hermes comes to the Island of Kalypso, the deine Theos, to demand
the release of Odysseus, "[i]n the space within was the goddess herself, singing with a
lovely voice, moving to and fro at her loom and weaving with a shuttle of Gold. Around
the entrance a wood rose up in abundant growth - alder and aspen and fragrant cypress ...
Even a Deathless One, if he came there, might gaze in wonder at the sight and might be
happier in the heart (from Odyssey, V, 38-125)." The general point of the Odyssey is the
absurdity of man's condition that he at all times abandons and neglects his hearth and
family in the pursuit of adventure and the lustrous and that, in the end, the greatest and
most lustrous beauty is nothing in comparison to what one already has anyway in the
everyday of one's home.
P. 135, 137-8