Alkínoös is the ruler of the island of Skhería. The Phaiákians inhabit Skhería. Alkínoös's daughter is Nausikaa, the girl Odysseus pleads with in a speech for help. Alkínoös's two sons are Laódamos and Halios, and they are both skilled dancers. The wife of Alkínoös is Arêtê, Skhería's queen, and Alkínoös "holds her dear" (113). His family takes in Odysseus and helps him on his journey back home.

In the NBC miniseries that Francis Ford Coppola (director of The Godfather) produced called The Odyssey, Alkínoös looked like the image below (